Strange things afoot in “Injection” #11 [Review]
By Christopher Baggett
Cover to “Injection” #11.
I’ll admit it: I had to look up “Injection” when I received this review copy. I’d never heard of the book, let alone read it. Though I love comics, my consumption has been super limited recently, and as such, I’ve missed out on a lot of great books that flew just under my radar. I couldn’t not read this once I’d heard about it, though. Warren Ellis defined comics for me when I was getting into the medium with books like “Transmetropolitan” and “The Authority.” Further adding to the excitement is Ellis teaming with Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire, whom he previously collaborated with on one of the most interesting character revamps in recent history on Marvel’s “Moon Knight.”
“Injection” wastes no time throwing readers into a weird and mysterious world.
I wasn’t disappointed by the book. I admittedly am reading “Injection” in the worst possible circumstances for a first-time reader: a random issue, at the beginning of what would be the third trade collection, where it’s trying to ramp up to its next story but assumes the reader knows what’s going on. But to me, that’s how comics are meant to be experienced: random and in the middle of a story, leaving the reader at the mercy of the writer to keep them up without bogging the story down in recaps. Ellis does this very well, planting small seeds of character nuances while pushing the plot forward. Just enough to keep you up. Shalvey and Bellaire’s art is incredibly on point with the writing, driving home that this trio may be one of my favorite teams in modern comics. There’s no wasted time, no extraneous anything. The story is tight, concise and to the point in a way that it moves at a brisk pace, keeping the reader hooked all the way through until the very last page.
“Injection” moves briskly through the story, but still manages to let characterization shine through.
Despite coming into “Injection” in the middle of a story, I still found myself enjoying the book. There’s a sense of restrained macabre to the book that I really enjoy. While I arguably feel like I’d be better off knowing more about the characters and premise than I did, I never felt like the story was out of my hands or above my head. I’m still not entirely sure what’s happening, but it is the start of a new story; I don’t think I’m supposed to, but what I read makes me want to come back and find out more. “Injection” is an incredibly well-written story and one that I’m hoping to keep up with as it continues.
The Geeked Gods Score: 9/10
Writer: Warren Ellis
Artist: Declan Shalvey
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: March 15th