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3.30  ·  Rating details ·  151 ratings  ·  34 reviews
A professional pathfinder breaks out of a torture cell, his only ally a disaffected young murderess, in pursuit of his worst extraction scenario ever: escaping on foot across a sprawling and secret off-world colony established a hundred years ago and filled with generations of lunatics. From Warren Ellis and Jason Howard, the creators of the critically acclaimed TREES (cur ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by Image Comics
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Sam Quixote
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Warren Ellis and Jason Howard, the creative team behind Trees, reunite for a new series: Cemetery Beach. And I’m gonna stop there - I could describe the setup, the characters’ names and blah blah blah but it really doesn’t matter.

All you need to know is that, against a futuristic backdrop, two characters have to get from Point A to Point B and a whole mess of people are trying to stop them. That’s right, Cemetery Beach is just one long action sequence!

The characters and story are so basic that
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Artemy
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: image-comics, comics
Not Warren Ellis’s best work, unfortunately. The plot is very thin, the entire book is basically one long chase scene and there are some interesting world-building ideas here, but they’re barely explored during the course of the series. Jason Howard’s art is wonderful though, and if there’s a silver lining here it’s that you get to enjoy a lot of his art completely uninterrupted by any dialogue or plot, which is nice. Still, the end result is very forgettable, which is not what I’m used to expec ...more
Simon
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
What a hilariously deflated effort from Ellis, starting off with excellent action and old-school sci-fi vibes and ending up a 6-issue-long chase sequence with barely any stakes and a hilariously underdeveloped plot. Basically, it feels like the first 20 minutes of an okay sci-fi movie and the payoff isn't worthy of the build-up, no matter how cool the art is.
Tom LA
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Two well-deserved stars. Many other reviewers rated this book the same way. Read Sam’s review, it’s spot on. No matter how dynamic the art is, the writing is one-note, boring, totally uninspired and as low-energy as a dying battery.

I read an interview with the author where he talked about this book as a "palate cleanser" in between volumes of another project he is working on, and where he proudly said "it's 140 pages with a 135 pages action scene", clearly to say "that's how cool I am". Too bad
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Alan
Mar 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Back when he was writing mostly for DC/Wildstorm, Ellis did multiple mini-series, and I recall his saying something along lines of wanting to do short quick takes. Stories that were meant to read and enjoyed quickly and then you move on.

This began very much like an 80s action movie, which hey I like a lot of those types of movies. A long range Marine scout is sent to a colony which has pretty much fallen out of contact with Earth. He is almost immediately captured by the evil and corrupt coloni
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Relstuart
Jun 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: image-comics
Fun action movie style book with an interesting premise.
Alex Sarll
The team behind brooding first-contact series Trees cut loose with a far sillier slice of SF, in which one modern-ish Earthman is sent to investigate a vaguely dieselpunk space colony quietly established decades ago by a secret cabal. Which funnily enough is on the dystopian side – though some of the most powerful moments come when its inhabitants hear how 'oldhome' is getting along, and wonder if they're not better off where they are. Every now and then Warren Ellis does one of these fast-paced ...more
Craig
Apr 30, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm not entirely sure what the heck this was or what the point of it was--it's essentially one long chase, stretched out over seven issues. But it wasn't absolutely terrible. Inbetween things, we get a bit of a look at this weird other world where the action takes place (apparently, some secret group managed interplanetary travel sometime in the 1920s, but they burned their ships so that the colonizers had to either succeed or die; they succeeded, but is this new world a hell or a utopia?), but ...more
Roy
Jun 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Ellis has much better novels out there
John
Jun 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moves like lightning but fails to move emotionally.
Alexander Peterhans
May 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Hope you like explosions. I like explosions, they're okay, but this book taught me that they quickly become boring.

So a small group of rich entrepeneurs, scientists and industrialists worked out space travel in the 1930s, and they tootled off and colonised a planet. That sounds interesting, doesn't it? What would that society look like? How does it operate? You'll get an inkling, but not a lot more. You will get a lot of explosions, though.

Characters? Archetypes at best, I'm afraid, but have som
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Theediscerning
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it
This is what happens when your average Marine-kind of soldier goes to a planet we Earthlings terraformed many years ago, to see what happened to the civilisation we put there. He finds it to be a weirdly dystopian place, where the lowest of the low are farmed for body parts to protect the privileged and keep them alive for decades too long. We find him captured by the locals, but when he gets out we all see just how many "Space Nazi gunk-drinking bodysnatcher giant toilet planet assholes" he has ...more
Pop Bop
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Cliffhanger, But A Fun Ride

This had an engaging premise, very good banter, extensive action, an interesting world, and decent, (though sketchy), artwork.

Our hero Mike has been sent to a lost and forgotten off-Earth colony to see what's up. It's gone all "1984" and Mike hooks up with Grace, a resistance fighter with crazy skilz. They meet cute during their torture and escape in a barrage of bullets and wisecracks. They run around for a while with cutrate Gestapo types chasing them. Safe haven; es
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Cale
Jul 14, 2019 rated it liked it
This is an unrelenting action adventure, a single escape sequence that lasts seven issues (I honestly couldn't even tell you where the issue breaks are) as Recon agent Mike and murderer/rebel Grace escape a castle and tear through the isolated colony and return Mike home. There's a surprising amount of world-building and back story that's pulled in. The characters are Ellis-like in that hyper-efficient way, where they survive a lot of stuff they shouldn't, but that's part of the style. I was les ...more
Paul
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
The pace would seem too quick to find any context or background information, but the authors mix in some quality dialogue that grounds this story in some tight worldbuilding. And the artwork… this artwork is something to experience. Blackburn and Moody dive, crawl, and jump free of missile, grenade, and bullet. Every action drawn with big expression and extreme precision. The dark coloring is accented by some bright seeps of Moody’s fashion and the world’s native creatures.

Ellis’s storytelling i
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Mars Dorian
Mar 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
A very fast-paced 80s sci-fi story with flat characters and a simple plot.
The mini-series is one loooooooooong chase scene with an amazing premise that doesn't get explored much.

Seriously, when I heard about the background of the planet, I thought--yes, this is going to be an amazing space colony drama, but alas, it's all about a colonist and a marine escaping from the corrupt colonial president.

The drawing style reminds me of storyboard designs with its scribbled layout but dynamic panel and c
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Mark
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Imagine Voivod and Napalm Death wrote a concept album while coked up after watching Fury Road. This is better than that.

I think I blitzed through this in at most three sittings but that could easily have been one if i had the time for it. It's a wild fast ride that literally scrapes the surface of a colony founded by crazed fascists at the start of the 20th century which has ossified into the sort of hierarchical mess you'd expect.

A lot of folk seem to be expecting something else from this, but
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Igor
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kinetic, frenetic and nuts, as well as a good example of weaving worldbuilding into an action packed story with only hints and show-don't-tells. It's as if Warren Ellis saw Fury Road and decided George Miller isn't the only one who gets to have that much fun. The world is interesting and could probably be a good stage for a sequel but if Cemetery Beach remains a standalone, it'll still be a damn good and fun read :)
Shannon
Complete waste of time. Don't read.

Individual issue reviews: #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 | #6 | #7

Total review score: 1.57
Evan Lahti
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dives headlong into its premise in a way I loved. A more likable BJ Blazkowicz-like commando is thrown into a Mad Max “toilet planet.” Cheered audibly at the end when I learned the series would continue.
John
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, comics, sci-fi
An ACTION book filled with ACTION and then some ACTION, a bit of ACTION also, but mainly the focus is on NON-STOP ACTION. WOOO PEW PEW PEW BOOOOOM!
Brett Jamen
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Everything you expect from a Warren Ellis mini-series. Sharp dialog, quick action, satisfying conclusion.
Ramon
Mar 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Basically one long fun chase, a rollicking action tale with nice art.
Scott
Jun 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Mad Max Fury Road, but by Warren Ellis.
Adam Braeckman
Cool little action story. Not much in big ideas that I gravitate to for Warren Ellis. Much more of a paint by numbers action story.
Jipi Perreault
Jun 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: bande-dessiné
An intense roller coaster of action. Not a lot substance but you're not here for that.
Garrett
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Breathtakingly violent & gleefully action-oriented, exchanges Ellis's typical dialogue for sharper, smaller versions of the same, wonderfully complimented by Howard's art. Loved this.
Griffin Muli
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Agh, Ellis is a tease with books like this, the world could easily be 70 issues long. Fun action tho
Pop Bop
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Cliffhanger, But A Fun Ride

This had an engaging premise, very good banter, extensive action, an interesting world, and decent, (though sketchy), artwork.

Our hero Mike has been sent to a lost and forgotten off-Earth colony to see what's up. It's gone all "1984" and Mike hooks up with Grace, a resistance fighter with crazy skilz. They meet cute during their torture and escape in a barrage of bullets and wisecracks. They run around for a while with cutrate Gestapo types chasing them. Safe haven; es
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Annie
Jun 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the sci-fi setting and the action in this, but not sure about the story yet. The jelly donut eating by the President was great and gave me some of the Warren Ellis weirdness I expected. Interested in reading the next volume.
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Warren Ellis is the award-winning writer of graphic novels like TRANSMETROPOLITAN, FELL, MINISTRY OF SPACE and PLANETARY, and the author of the NYT-bestselling GUN MACHINE and the “underground classic” novel CROOKED LITTLE VEIN. The movie RED is based on his graphic novel of the same name, its sequel having been released in summer 2013. His graphic novel GLOBAL FREQUENCY is in development at Jerry ...more
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