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Dark Blue

3.23  ·  Rating details ·  264 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Violent and disturbed cop Frank Christchurch has too many problems. His partner is convinced that he's mentally ill, his commanding officer is addicted to smack, and he's in pursuit of a killer whom no one else seems interested in catching. The pressure of his savage life is triggering murderous outbursts and hallucinations. Frank Christchurch is on the way down... and he ...more
Paperback, 72 pages
Published April 2nd 1997 by Avatar Press
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Quentin Wallace
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Warren Ellis does a great job of blending Sci Fi and Noir in this one. I think he almost feels a compulsion to always put something gross and disgusting in his books, but at least he always has a good story to go with it. This story deals with serial killers and shamanistic drugs. I would have went five stars but the pace was a little uneven and Jacen Burrows art was primitive at this stage even though he's fantastic now.

Overall a good read especially if you're looking for something a little dif
Not Warren's best and hardly helped by near amateur art. I realize it was early work for Avatar Press, but isn't the most professional thing they've ever done.
Marcio Jardson
Azul profundo se inicia com a policial Debbie interrompendo o policial Frank que espanca um criminoso durante um interrogatório. Dessa forma nos é apresentada uma cidade violenta e uma policia corrupta e no meio disso tudo Frank faz o que for necessário para capturar Trent Wayman, um Serial Killer que desmembra suas vítimas. Mas uma droga chamada LD50 guarda um mistério que pode modificar essa caçada.
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Sam Quixote
Jul 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
A cop on the trail of a dangerous serial killer nearly beats to death a suspect - and that's the least of his departments' worries. The guards rape prisoners and the captain has a heroin addiction. But the cop begins to realise all is not as it seems. Is he losing his mind or is all of this a nightmare? And what's with the frequent repetition of the code "LD50"?

Warren Ellis tells a strong horror mystery story with overtones of noir with a frequent collaborator, the excellent artist Jacen Burrow
Jukka Kuva
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dark Blue is a one-shot comic by Warren Ellis that's based on a single idea that's loosely based on reality. I can't tell you what it is though, since it would ruin the tension of the first half totally along with the events that happen halfway through. Let's just say that Ellis didn't let me down, like he never has. Also the more I read Ellis' comics that are illustrated by Burrows, the more convinced I am of his talent. He seems to be able to perfectly capture the mood that Ellis is after and ...more
Mar 12, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Yet another of Warren Ellis's many pet projects for Avatar. He's done about a dozen that are all clearly based on conversations he's had, things he's read, etc. But as is the case with Dark Blue, you don't find out what the root of the story is til the afterward. It's like a noir version of the Matrix, and it's extraordinarily over the top, but certainly worth reading if you come across it. Though it's the afterward that really ties it together.
Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'm an admitted Warren Ellis fan, and this was better than I expected. Instead of the cop losing his mind tale, what we get is a government experiment with the use of drugs. And, the world of the broken people find themselves in is real to them. Not quite as mind bending as it might sound, but well executed and possibly could have benefited from being a little longer.
Mar 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
The idea for this story is really cool, and I had such high hopes for it... However, it all feels too short, too quick, too hastily done. I would have liked to have seen this story twice the length. There is some killer artwork of the picture being worth a thousand words variety.
Roman Colombo
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Short and sweet...maybe a little too short. The story is really good, and the fast pacing of it is great, but I wanted more at the end. It wrapped up too quickly. This would actually make a really good series too. And the art was fantastic.
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Soy Policía.
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Warren Ellis at his psychedelic best. Would have enjoyed a longer trip through this strange dark blue world.
Mihai Barbat
Oct 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Man, DMT (Dimethyl trytomine) is scary. This is a short story crafted around the idea that there are are hallucinogenic drugs out there (just like DMT) that take people on the same place!
May 20, 2009 rated it it was ok
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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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