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Switchblade Honey

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The alien Chasta put their war machine into gear and humankind was suddenly in the worst fight it had ever known - and lost. The solar system will be annexed by the Chasta within the next thirty days. If humankind can't be the U.S. Army anymore,
Paperback, 88 pages
Published August 10th 2003 by Ait/Planetlar (first published July 29th 2003)
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Alasondro Alegré
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, a
What if Warren Ellis wrote Star Trek?

There's the usual Ellis twist on the story. The leaders are corrupt. Our guy is thrown in jail for trying to do the right thing. The leaders are under attack from a superior alien race. They get our good guy to recruit an undercover guerrilla team Seven Samurai style to save humanity.
Neil McCrea
Another Warren Ellis one off. Ellis asked himself what Star Trek would be like if the ship were commanded by Ray Winstone rather than Patrick Stewart or the Shat. It's fun, amusing, very much a Warren Ellis work, and it doesn't aspire to be much more. There is really nothing I can add to Ellis' self assessment of the book:

I present to you, then, a joke. An extended gag at the expense of the colourless, clean SF of the big media. The anti-Star Trek, if you like. Almost automatic writing; a joke
Kody Dibble
Jun 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
Anwar Vázquez
Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it
La acción que narra es buena, pero la falta de una culminación deja toda la lectura como una pérdida de tiempo.
Skye Kilaen
The book begins with military prisoners being offered their freedom if they'll fly a ship with no support on a long-term guerrilla war against a race of aliens who are committed to killing all humans because we're so backwards and rude. The now-ex-prisoners all have one thing in common - they got screwed over by their own, yet they still believe in saving humanity. Or at least giving the aliens a big middle finger before they die while cursing, smoking, and doing drugs. Darkly hilarious. I guess ...more
Nov 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
Reads like the pilot episode to a really good sci-fi TV show.
For those of you who wondered what Star Trek might be like if in the future people still smoked, swore and drank.

As always when Warren does sci-fi there are some clever bits, a couple nice human moments and lots of biting sarcasim and humor.

Like with any pilot episode of a Star Trek, Warren makes the same stumble, in that only a couple characters feel developed, the rest are types or one joke characters that might have been fleshed
Jukka Kuva
Feb 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Switchblade Honey is basically a joke about modern scifi by Warren Ellis, as is stated in his own foreword. It's a rather good joke but only decent on it's own. The plot is good in all it's shortness and the characters work. I got the feeling that McKinney's art didn't quite do the text justice since the moments that Ellis mentioned in the foreword weren't quite as funny in the actual comic. Although Switchblade Honey isn't great or superb in just about anything, it doesn't come even close to ...more
Mar 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
I love Warren Ellis's space comics. For a non-scientist, he takes great care with the facts, and I always learn something interesting from them. Switchblade Honey, by Ellis's own admission was supposed to be a joke, a throwaway (what if Ray Winstone was captain of the USS Enterprise?). But there's some good stuff there, all wrapped up in a tight little package. It was also wonderful to learn from the Introduction that my favorite comics writer hates Star Trek. I've never seen a full episode, and ...more
Julian Darius
Dec 10, 2011 rated it liked it
This book doesn't amount to much (it reads like a pilot TV episode), but SWITCHBLADE HONEY is a wonderful glimpse into an Ellis version of STAR TREK, in which the characters aren't heroes but instead are as flawed as any Philip K. Dick character. If sci-fi interests you, this is well worth your time.
Aug 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Enjoyed the concept of it: We started a war, humanity as a whole (at least the government and military) has gone downhill fast, leaving the most cruel people in charge. Five convicts who are actually good people get sent out on a scouting mission without any support to end up saving Earth. I wish it had been longer!
R. Michael Litchfield
Jan 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
So what if ya tried to make star trek but you were in the corrupt evil vicious world of transmetropolitan that is so much closer to out reality than the federation could ever be? Kick ass space opera, star trek meets blakes 7.
Mar 06, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Warren Ellis, sci fi nerds, anglophiles
Shelves: comics, mines, sci-fi
this is sorta like Warren Ellis's take on Star Trek, with the captain as a typical Ellisian tough guy (hard-drinking, chain-smoking, constantly swearing) instead of the typical Hollywood whitewashed future archetypes. not his best, but there is a lot of meat here.
Gonzalo Oyanedel
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Un giro a la tradicional space opera al estilo de Warren Ellis, destilando muy buenos diálogos, en los clásicos personajes tomados de su particular cantera.
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
original tv sci fi on paper !!!!
Apr 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011, graphic-novels
this book was awesome. the introduction made me cackle. ilu, warren.
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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, as well as the digital short-story single DEAD PIG COLLECTOR. His newest book is the novella NORMAL, from FSG Originals, listed as one of Amazons Best 100 Books Of 2016.


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