Injection #1 Review

Posted May 13, 2015 by Jean-Luc Botbyl in Comic Books

Written by: Warren Ellis

Art by: Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire

Publisher: Image

Injection #1, from the creative team behind Moon Knight, is pretty much exactly what you would expect from the debut issue of an Image series. As such, if you haven’t read the solicitations for this issue, you probably won’t have a great idea of what’s going on. So, before you pick up this issue (hell, before you read this review), go and read the solicits. Don’t worry, there aren’t any spoilers, although that may be because there’s not much to spoil in this issue.

Now, I realize that it may be too much to expect from a reader to go and read a plot summary before you read this review. After all, isn’t that my job, as the writer of said review? The same, of course, could be said of a comic book. And, for as much as I enjoyed Injection #1 (and trust me, I did, but we’ll get to that), it would be nice to have a debut issue that actually told us what the book was about. I know, exposition is boring, and often feels forced, but there is such a thing as not having enough of it. I’ll leave it at that.

If you did take my advice and read the solicitation for Injection, you’ll know that it’s about a group of super geniuses “the Injection” to bring about supernatural changes to the planet, making human life a very difficult thing. So, in a sense, this could be labelled as a post-apocalyptic series, though it seems like it may be more pre-apocalyptic, seeing as the apocalypse seems to be on the horizon, hanging over the heads of both the characters and the readers. Civilization is still functioning normally, although it feels like, perhaps, it could collapse at any second. If that sounds like your sort of thing, it’s probably worth it to check out Injection at some point.

This introductory issue serves to introduce the readers to the aforementioned super geniuses, as well as to the world in which Injection takes place in. There’s a good bit of ground to cover in one issue, and all the beats you would expect to get covered are. There’s a flashback scene introducing the cast, we see what they’re up to in the present, and, inevitably, some sort of conflict is introduced. In this case, two conflicts, actually, though it’s entirely likely that they’re somehow connected to one another.

All of this is done quite well. I do realize that this may color your impressions of my earlier critique, but I still believe that there could have been a slightly better sense of what’s going on. Anyways, the characters are interesting, even if none of them are immediately what I would call “likable.” The set up for the future of this book is also accomplished quite nicely, and this issue is definitely enough of a cause for excitement.

Now, if you’re one that appreciates immediate gratification and pay off, this is probably one of those books you’ll want to trade wait. Otherwise, I would definitely recommend checking out this book, as long is it sounds like something you’ll enjoy. It’s definitely not your typical action heavy, post-apocalyptic book. It’s actually more philosophical than anything else, using the events that occurred in this alternate universe as a backdrop for the discussion of complicated philosophical concepts. I’m a sucker for that kind of stuff, but even if you’re not, you may still find some enjoyment in this book.

Even if you don’t immediately enjoy the story or the characters, at least you’ll get to look at the art. Declan Shalvey’s pencil work is as expressive as ever, and Jordie Bellaire’s color work gives the world and characters a good deal of vibrancy. Together, the duo really brings the world to life, and makes it a very believable place. So if nothing else, you’ve got that to look forward to. That may seem like a broad statement, but I’ve never met anyone who has been disappointed with the work that Shalvey and Bellaire do, and Injection will definitely not be the book that will change that mindset.

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Jean-Luc Botbyl

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