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The Complete Scarlet Traces, Volume One

(Scarlet Traces #1.4)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  109 ratings  ·  20 reviews
The ground-breaking series from Ian Edginton and D'Israeli is collected in this the first of two volumes. Starting with their visionary adaptation of the original novel, the collection also includes the first of three sequel stories set a decade after the Martian invasion. Great Britain has cannibalised Martian technology and now Hansom cabs scuttle along on multi-limbed c ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published January 12th 2017 by 2000 AD
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Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have waited far too long to read this book all be it I was looking for it in its original format. You see ever since reading Stickleback the combination of Ian Edington and D'Israeli has fascinated me and when I found out they had not only written their own version of War of the Worlds (one of my all time favourite books) they had also written two sequels to it.

You can imagine the speed (okay maybe you cannot) at which I hit the internet to find out how and where I could get them only to be de
Kam Yung Soh
Jul 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a rather interesting graphic novel. The story starts with a prologue (written after the original Scarlet Traces story) that is H.G. Wells' "The War of the Worlds" in graphic novel form. Martians invade England using war machines, heat rays and poisonous black smoke and would have won if they hadn't been stopped by the environment of the Earth itself.

The book then moves on to Scarlet Traces proper itself, and is based on the idea of what happens after the Martian invasion failed. Britain
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comic-sf
Art was pretty good, I wasn't a huge fan of the fighting machine, but when you see so many variations you can't love 'em all. I really liked the design of the Martians, it stuck very closely to Wells' description.

The adaptation of The War Of The Worlds also sticks pretty closely to the original novel, it's always nice to read a faithful reworking.

The sequel took a different direction than I expected. I liked that it was more of a murder mystery than a grand SF epic. The designs of London in
Philip Higgins
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great distinctive artwork, deceptively simple with strong colours & clean lines. The first half of this book is a fairly faithful replay of the 'War of the Worlds' - good but familiar. The second half is a 'ripping yarn' adventure that has the British Empire using the Martian tech left behind after the invasion. This is good fun with our plucky hero Major Robert Autumn - a cross between Sherlock Holmes & Richard Hannay - and his trusty batman Sgt. Currie at his side. The term "steampunk" might b ...more
Tazio Bettin
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well, wow. Ok, it's a little verbose, and the theme is nothing new but it's so well written and illustrated. It takes the story of War of the Worlds straight face first, and then develops the aftermath in a believable, and very, very british way. In a way it reminds me of Warren Ellis' The Ministry in that it has a very disenchanted, actually bleak of the view of how the machine of the State in Britain works. Ruthlessly, heartlessly, aggressively. And D'Israeli's art delivers that in a beautiful ...more
Tariq Malik
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This steampunk take on the after effects of the Martian invasion of Earth is just interesting enough to get beyond the inevitable rehash of H.G. Wells' original tale in issue 1.

Perhaps I am just impatient, but I found the direct retelling of the story a bit repetitive for a classic of science fiction, but I do understand that there might still be folks out there who haven't read Wells' original several times and they may need an introduction. The art and world-building are wild here and you'll
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The story begins 10 years after the martian invasion dreamed up by H. G. Wells and revolves initially around the question: what happened to all the technology the Martians left behind? Did it benefit mankind? And how did people move on from that situation?

A brilliant imagining of a sequel that wells never wrote which obviously holds the original in high esteem. The artwork is deceptively simple and works really well. I do hope there are more in this series as the surprise towards the end caught
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
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My cousin loaned me a stack of books and this happened to be one of them. I think this could have been a compelling read, but I found the sequel lackluster and the ending flat, disappointing, and not particularly saying much more than 'the world is bad off now but it'll likely be worse off in the future.' I guess it's supposed to be ""dark"" or """realistic""" or something, but I'm not here for it and seems like a cop out ending. ...more
Ian Scott
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Two books: a graphic novel telling of "The War of the Worlds" followed by a speculative fiction of what the British Empire did with all that left over Martian tech, with echoes of Le Carrre and the world of today. Entertaining and dispiriting by equal measure: a better use of time than watching the recent BBC adaptation of TWotW, anyway. ...more
Jed Mayer
May 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Some really brilliant moments here, and a really inventive concept, exploring possibilities I'd thought about over the many years I've taught Wells' novel, but ultimately the art and writing fell far short of their promise, and this is fatally overshadowed by Alan Moore's own, epic take on Wells' legacy. ...more
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great premise: what happened to the Martian technology after the end of Wells's, The War of the Worlds?

Love the artist and the writer. Their knowledge of and adherence to the source material shows dedication.
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Such beautiful steam punk art. And beautiful language they speak.
Sadly the story ain't orgastic. Good it is, but not brilliance.
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great take on the War of The Worlds.
Wim Dewilde
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: met-prentjes
A simple story, but superbly crafted.
Dean Simons
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Imperfect but still a cracking read
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel, sf
Superb adaptation of H G Wells' novel, followed by the definitive sequel. Superb artwork and great dialogue and world-building. ...more
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant sequel to Wells War of the Worlds

Imagine a world where mars invaded England. All looks bad until the Martians die due to bacteria they weren't immune to. Now, what happens afterwards? When the survivors crawl from the wreckage and start to rebuild? What about the Martian tech? What happens is a reborn, never fallen British empire, uplifted over the rest of the world by said tech. I can say no more other than read this brilliant comic.
Matthew Gault
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-books
Scarlet Traces began as an adaptation of War of the Worlds. The adaptation is quite good, but the book gets much more interesting when it asks the question "what would Britain look like 10 years after the Martian invasion is stopped?"

With Edginton's witty and, sometimes, provocative story telling and D'Israeli's fantastically detailed art, this book is not to be missed.
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ian Edginton and D'Israeli's Scarlet Traces is one of my favorite comics series, and it's fantastic to see the first story back in print, along with their adaptation of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds. Scarlet Traces picks up ten years after that classic novel, telling the story of what the British Empire has done with the technology that the Martians left behind following their failed invasion. Sadly, rather than using that technology to improve mankind, it has only served to widen social inequit ...more
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Edginton sees part of the key to his success coming from good relationships with artists, especially D'Israeli and Steve Yeowell as well as Steve Pugh and Mike Collins. He is best known for his steampunk/alternative history work (often with the artist D'Israeli) and is the co-creator of Scarlet Traces, a sequel to their adaptation of H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds. With 2000 AD we has written L ...more

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