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Where did the space heroes go to die? From Warren Ellis, the writer who reinvented science fiction in comics in the alternate-world style of the award-winning Ministry Of Space and Aetheric Mechanics, comes a retropunk "future of the past" where spaceships still belched smoke and arguments were still settled with laser pistols. Grounded space pilot Mary Raven has come to t Where did the space heroes go to die? From Warren Ellis, the writer who reinvented science fiction in comics in the alternate-world style of the award-winning Ministry Of Space and Aetheric Mechanics, comes a retropunk "future of the past" where spaceships still belched smoke and arguments were still settled with laser pistols. Grounded space pilot Mary Raven has come to the interzone settlement in the middle of Ignition City, Earth's last spaceport, to recover the effects of her dead father... or so people think. Mary really wants to know how he died, and who did it? But, today might be her last day on Earth, trapped on the last spaceport where no-one cares about murder and the only real currency is fear. She has her dead father's raygun, and that's enough for space hero-turned-arms dealer Lightning Bowman to want her dead. But she also has her dead father's diary. And when she finds out something no-one else in the settlement knows... they'll want her dead for that, too! Featuring the art of Aetheric Mechanics' Gianluca Pagliarani, this full-color volume collects all five issues of the sci-fi epic with a gorgeous cover gallery full of design sketches, ray-gun fights, and giant metal machines!


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Where did the space heroes go to die? From Warren Ellis, the writer who reinvented science fiction in comics in the alternate-world style of the award-winning Ministry Of Space and Aetheric Mechanics, comes a retropunk "future of the past" where spaceships still belched smoke and arguments were still settled with laser pistols. Grounded space pilot Mary Raven has come to t Where did the space heroes go to die? From Warren Ellis, the writer who reinvented science fiction in comics in the alternate-world style of the award-winning Ministry Of Space and Aetheric Mechanics, comes a retropunk "future of the past" where spaceships still belched smoke and arguments were still settled with laser pistols. Grounded space pilot Mary Raven has come to the interzone settlement in the middle of Ignition City, Earth's last spaceport, to recover the effects of her dead father... or so people think. Mary really wants to know how he died, and who did it? But, today might be her last day on Earth, trapped on the last spaceport where no-one cares about murder and the only real currency is fear. She has her dead father's raygun, and that's enough for space hero-turned-arms dealer Lightning Bowman to want her dead. But she also has her dead father's diary. And when she finds out something no-one else in the settlement knows... they'll want her dead for that, too! Featuring the art of Aetheric Mechanics' Gianluca Pagliarani, this full-color volume collects all five issues of the sci-fi epic with a gorgeous cover gallery full of design sketches, ray-gun fights, and giant metal machines!

30 review for Ignition City Volume 1 Limited Edition

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    Mary Raven travels to backwater Ignition City to retrieve her late father’s possessions. What she finds is a corrupt town that has plenty of secrets, which include who killed her father and why. Taking the basic plot points at face value, they could be window dressing for a variety of settings: western, noir, mystery. Here, Warren Ellis takes the steampunk route and creates a compelling story with an assortment of quirky characters, some ugly aliens and a sprinkling of humor. Ignition City is th Mary Raven travels to backwater Ignition City to retrieve her late father’s possessions. What she finds is a corrupt town that has plenty of secrets, which include who killed her father and why. Taking the basic plot points at face value, they could be window dressing for a variety of settings: western, noir, mystery. Here, Warren Ellis takes the steampunk route and creates a compelling story with an assortment of quirky characters, some ugly aliens and a sprinkling of humor. Ignition City is the last space port on planet Earth. Mary and her father were both space pilots. Mary’s tough and resourceful and knows her way around a laser gun. This is a great volume with one caveat – there’s loads of dialogue. Conversations go on for pages. It’s very well written, but seems to be more at home in less visual medium – a short story or a book. Still, highly recommended.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Baba

    Warren Ellis's space-opera western where space girl Mary Raven ventures to investigate the death of her father in Ignition City. A nice alternate history reality that crosses over the HBO Deadwood TV show with the likes of Buck Rogers and 2004 Battlestar Galactica TV shows. 7 out of 12. Warren Ellis's space-opera western where space girl Mary Raven ventures to investigate the death of her father in Ignition City. A nice alternate history reality that crosses over the HBO Deadwood TV show with the likes of Buck Rogers and 2004 Battlestar Galactica TV shows. 7 out of 12.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    A sort of science fictiony, wild westish thing that gets by with the absolute minimum in explanations. There's really quite an interesting world here, one that I feel like Ellis put a lot of thought into. But he just sort of throws the reader in and we get by on what we pick up as we go. It would be annoying, if the world didn't feel so cohesive and well-thought out. Otherwise, it's basically a dime-a-dozen action movie. Fun, but nothing particularly novel or that will make it stand out from the A sort of science fictiony, wild westish thing that gets by with the absolute minimum in explanations. There's really quite an interesting world here, one that I feel like Ellis put a lot of thought into. But he just sort of throws the reader in and we get by on what we pick up as we go. It would be annoying, if the world didn't feel so cohesive and well-thought out. Otherwise, it's basically a dime-a-dozen action movie. Fun, but nothing particularly novel or that will make it stand out from the crowd. With one minor exception, early in the book: a few panels where the main character, an adult woman with many adventures behind her and some serious badassery ahead of her, finds out that her father has died and, alone, cries for her daddy. It's the one moment in this book where I felt any emotional connection to the characters, and it's just long enough to be convincing without being long enough to become uncomfortable.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Niranjan Dalaya

    Good stuff, was searching for a Vol. 2 and realized there isn't a continuation to the plot. Good stuff, was searching for a Vol. 2 and realized there isn't a continuation to the plot.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    Amazingly fun book. I bought a dozen copies to give away to friends....

  6. 4 out of 5

    Juho Pohjalainen

    Space opera without the space, I guess. Take all of the good bits of a genre, all the things you'd read it for, then have those things crash and burn and have some bitter people mope at the remains. It could be a disappointing bait-and-switch, or it could work for some good poignant drama. Happily enough, Ignition City leans more towards the latter. Space opera without the space, I guess. Take all of the good bits of a genre, all the things you'd read it for, then have those things crash and burn and have some bitter people mope at the remains. It could be a disappointing bait-and-switch, or it could work for some good poignant drama. Happily enough, Ignition City leans more towards the latter.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    I loves me some steampunkalicious space spaghetti western. Yessir. (I learned how to spell spaghetti in the 7th grade when it lost me a damn spell-off. I always get a little conflicted when I use it correctly in a sentence.) Mary Raven is tough, take-no-prisoners, and trying to find out who killed her daddy. There's only one problem – Warren Ellis apparently gets bored. I love W.E., love his stories, his big ideas (although I wish he'd spend a little more energy on story, and a little less on cr I loves me some steampunkalicious space spaghetti western. Yessir. (I learned how to spell spaghetti in the 7th grade when it lost me a damn spell-off. I always get a little conflicted when I use it correctly in a sentence.) Mary Raven is tough, take-no-prisoners, and trying to find out who killed her daddy. There's only one problem – Warren Ellis apparently gets bored. I love W.E., love his stories, his big ideas (although I wish he'd spend a little more energy on story, and a little less on creative swearing,) the terrific artists he pairs with... but why oh why does he drop fantastic stories just when they hit their stride? Like Doktor Sleepless, which I adored, he just drops the storyline. At least this one is “finished.” I'll keep reading Ellis' stories, I'm a sucker like that, even if I have to cross my fingers everytime, that I'll get a complete story.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alan

    The rating might be a little high for this book, but Warren Ellis does his best work when he goes to his secret pleasure space oriented science fiction (see Ocean, Orbiter, Switchblade Honey and Ministry of Space). Yes, he falls into some of his bad speech habits here, but the concept works. Take all of the old space heroes (thinly disguised versions of Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, Dale Arden, Dr. Zarkov, Commando Cody, etc.) mix in one real life cosmonaut, and banish them to Earth's only operatin The rating might be a little high for this book, but Warren Ellis does his best work when he goes to his secret pleasure space oriented science fiction (see Ocean, Orbiter, Switchblade Honey and Ministry of Space). Yes, he falls into some of his bad speech habits here, but the concept works. Take all of the old space heroes (thinly disguised versions of Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, Dale Arden, Dr. Zarkov, Commando Cody, etc.) mix in one real life cosmonaut, and banish them to Earth's only operating spaceport. Toss in a murder and things get fun. As with the other works mentioned above I would read more set in this universe.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Joel

    Vintage Warren Ellis: strong female protagonists, washed up astronauts, alien invasions, laser guns, and poop jokes, all wrapped up in superb visuals from Gianluca Pagliarani and tied together by a plot that, if not brilliantly twisty, is at least not completely by the numbers. Fantastic story, but make sure to take the time to admire the inventiveness of the art design and colors as well.

  10. 5 out of 5

    47Time

    The atmosphere and character behavior in Ignition City is similar to what you would see in the Wild West: poverty, guns, death and little concern for life. The action is during an alternate 50's timeline where space travel is common, so maybe the steampunk genre is more fitting. The main character loved her father who died in Ignition City and she wants to find out who is responsible. She discovers more than she bargained for and starts a new phase in her life. The beginning just throws you into The atmosphere and character behavior in Ignition City is similar to what you would see in the Wild West: poverty, guns, death and little concern for life. The action is during an alternate 50's timeline where space travel is common, so maybe the steampunk genre is more fitting. The main character loved her father who died in Ignition City and she wants to find out who is responsible. She discovers more than she bargained for and starts a new phase in her life. The beginning just throws you into the story, which takes a bit of getting used to. Everything is different from our history, including alien creatures, futuristic tech and the human society as a whole. Poverty and ruin are commonplace, so progress was replaced with survival a while ago. The world is headed toward self-destruction, but a few individuals refuse to take it sitting down. Mary Raven is passionate about going into space, but the countries of the world are banning space travel. Her father instilled this desire in her, so her destination is Ignition City where her father was killed. (view spoiler)[She meets several people who knew her father. She tries to buy a gun from the guy who turns out killed her father, Lightning Bowman, but is refused. Bowman orders two guys working for him to kill her. Their ambush takes her by surprise and she is rescued by Dr. Vukovic, one of her father's friends. She realises that the real enemy is the marshal who isn't allowing anyone to go north where an alien enemy called Kharg is being kept in a prison camp. He was responsible for atrocities in the past and everyone thought him dead. Mary kills the marshal and the people in the city agree she should take his place. (hide spoiler)]

  11. 5 out of 5

    JL Shioshita

    If you like dieselpunk style Wild West retro pulp adventure stories, then you'll probably dig this. The background art is textured, nuanced, dirty, and real, which helps ground you in the world Ellis has created. The character art is a bit spotty at times, but you don't notice it too much. There's an entire world and alternate history hiding between the panels that you wish was brought to surface more, but keeping it hidden is an interesting approach. If you ever wondered what happened to all th If you like dieselpunk style Wild West retro pulp adventure stories, then you'll probably dig this. The background art is textured, nuanced, dirty, and real, which helps ground you in the world Ellis has created. The character art is a bit spotty at times, but you don't notice it too much. There's an entire world and alternate history hiding between the panels that you wish was brought to surface more, but keeping it hidden is an interesting approach. If you ever wondered what happened to all those sci-fi pulp heroes of the 30s and 40s after they came back from space, this is it, and it's depressing as hell. Also, quite a bit of violence and gore, so if you're not into that, it'll be a shock. I will say the ray gun blasting action sequences are epic.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cornelia

    In this dieselpunk/alternative history comic book, washed up, space heroes live in Ignition City, a rough and rowdy settlement cut off from civilization on Earth’s last spaceport. Ignition City has a strong woman for the main character, Mary Raven, a space pilot and daughter of the famous spaceman, who stopped a Martian missile plot. She heads to the spaceport to discover how her father died and who killed him. It has colorful language and a Wild West tone. There are aliens, ray guns, and the ma In this dieselpunk/alternative history comic book, washed up, space heroes live in Ignition City, a rough and rowdy settlement cut off from civilization on Earth’s last spaceport. Ignition City has a strong woman for the main character, Mary Raven, a space pilot and daughter of the famous spaceman, who stopped a Martian missile plot. She heads to the spaceport to discover how her father died and who killed him. It has colorful language and a Wild West tone. There are aliens, ray guns, and the marshal flies around in a rocketeer type outfit. It’s a fun, action packed read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Laurel

    Think back to all those pulp WWII paintings of smiling girls on the sides of airplanes. Now create an alternate timeline where we went into space, fought worlds on other planets, and met new alien races. Now make those smiling girls into just one badass space chick who has flown around the Universe, but is pulled back to a Casablanca-esque space port to investigate the death of her father. That, my friends, is Ignition City.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Orrin Grey

    Got this from a friend. I liked the concept of the setting, but beyond that the book didn't do too much for me, I'm afraid. Got this from a friend. I liked the concept of the setting, but beyond that the book didn't do too much for me, I'm afraid.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ramon

    Wish this continued. Nice, interesting world, interesting characters. This is very Ellis: tough characters, well-thought-out world, a hint of optimism in the muck. Art's European style fits it well, and for once Avatar's coloring was good. Wish this continued. Nice, interesting world, interesting characters. This is very Ellis: tough characters, well-thought-out world, a hint of optimism in the muck. Art's European style fits it well, and for once Avatar's coloring was good.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Felt like vol 3 of 4 but it was fun...!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Travis

    the TV western 'Deadwood', but we replace cowboys with clones/homages/rip offs of classic pulp sci-fi heroes. Young lady space pilot comes to the city to collect her inheritance and find out who killed her daddy. She gets mixed up in various plots, local politics and lots of gunplay. Fun idea, bit grim, considering the characters Warren is using versions of and the near constant swearing stops being shocking by page 3 and then becomes increasingly boring. Reads like the pilot to an interesting seri the TV western 'Deadwood', but we replace cowboys with clones/homages/rip offs of classic pulp sci-fi heroes. Young lady space pilot comes to the city to collect her inheritance and find out who killed her daddy. She gets mixed up in various plots, local politics and lots of gunplay. Fun idea, bit grim, considering the characters Warren is using versions of and the near constant swearing stops being shocking by page 3 and then becomes increasingly boring. Reads like the pilot to an interesting series, but unfortunately Warren tends to be a 'one story per idea' writer. Shame as I'd like to see what happens next to these characters, but probably never will. Half the cast is really fun and interesting, the other half is cliche bad ass, which is which, really will depend on your point of view. Nice sci-fi romp, full of potential.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ted Child

    I read Ellis with some cautiousness, maybe unfairly, as he sometimes rubs me the wrong way. I find Ellis is at his genius best when he is at his least self-conscious as a writer, and maybe more importantly, least self-consciously cool. Coolness is something I have little patience for, in both my friends and my writers, but I feel that Ellis sometimes tries to be that writer and it shows in his final products. Ellis needs to let his skill and imagination dictate his stories, not his ego. I was be I read Ellis with some cautiousness, maybe unfairly, as he sometimes rubs me the wrong way. I find Ellis is at his genius best when he is at his least self-conscious as a writer, and maybe more importantly, least self-consciously cool. Coolness is something I have little patience for, in both my friends and my writers, but I feel that Ellis sometimes tries to be that writer and it shows in his final products. Ellis needs to let his skill and imagination dictate his stories, not his ego. I was beginning to get that same old feeling during the first few issues of this series but than Ellis moved away from his own clichés and familiar characterizations and, by the end, I felt that this was a really good SF setting and I enjoyed how the story came together.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ben Cameron

    If you were to combine the spirit of Whedon's Firefly with the concepts Ellis built up in AEtheric Mechanics and Ministry of Space, then paint the whole thing with a steampunk veneer you'd have Ignition City, and you would be as happy about it as that sentence implies (assuming you know what all of that meant.) It's the sci-fi/western spirit of Firefly twisted through a post-victorian alternate anglophile history. It's magnificent and, in combination with the other works mentioned and Freakangel If you were to combine the spirit of Whedon's Firefly with the concepts Ellis built up in AEtheric Mechanics and Ministry of Space, then paint the whole thing with a steampunk veneer you'd have Ignition City, and you would be as happy about it as that sentence implies (assuming you know what all of that meant.) It's the sci-fi/western spirit of Firefly twisted through a post-victorian alternate anglophile history. It's magnificent and, in combination with the other works mentioned and Freakangels, makes me wish Mr. Ellis would write more steampunky stuff (he's obviously incredibly good at it.)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Buchanan

    Birthday TPB #1- Another one of Warren Ellis' great genre deconstructions. This time it's Golden Age serials like Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon. After great adventure in the cosmos, Earth's space heroes bring intergalactic war into World War II. The world suffers greatly and then turns its back on space... leaving the world's last spaceport a crazy, lawless place. Unexpectedly gruesome art and great nods to westerns and a lot of old sci-fi. Birthday TPB #1- Another one of Warren Ellis' great genre deconstructions. This time it's Golden Age serials like Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon. After great adventure in the cosmos, Earth's space heroes bring intergalactic war into World War II. The world suffers greatly and then turns its back on space... leaving the world's last spaceport a crazy, lawless place. Unexpectedly gruesome art and great nods to westerns and a lot of old sci-fi.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ben

    An alternate history, where earth has made contact with aliens just before World War II, and most of the nations have decided they want nothing to do with space. Versions of some of the classic space opera heroes, like Buck Rodgers and Flash Gordon appear as well. And how can you not like a book that includes the lines: "Your place smells weird." "It smells like SCIENCE!" An alternate history, where earth has made contact with aliens just before World War II, and most of the nations have decided they want nothing to do with space. Versions of some of the classic space opera heroes, like Buck Rodgers and Flash Gordon appear as well. And how can you not like a book that includes the lines: "Your place smells weird." "It smells like SCIENCE!"

  22. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    A loving tribute to the sci-fi pulps of the early 20th century. Think Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers and Republic Serials like Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe, with a western-ish setting thrown in for good measure. A clever twist ending offers a great critique of the genre and the careless racism that was often prevalent in it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dru

    a very cool wild west/space/pulp story. in the 1950s a daughter searches for her killer's father in the last open spaceport on earth. the art is detailed and excellent. ellis makes this a great start, and hopefully a sequel will be along soon. a very cool wild west/space/pulp story. in the 1950s a daughter searches for her killer's father in the last open spaceport on earth. the art is detailed and excellent. ellis makes this a great start, and hopefully a sequel will be along soon.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Espana Sheriff

    Dieselpunk Western with the Warren Ellis style all over it. A bit grim and gritty in spots with more fluids than I really needed to see lovingly rendered by the artist, but otherwise pretty good stuff. Looking forward to volume two.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Large

    A great little mystery thriller set in a 50s sci-fi adventure world ... that's all kind of gone to shit. Special shout out to Yuri, the greatest comic relief character of all time. A great little mystery thriller set in a 50s sci-fi adventure world ... that's all kind of gone to shit. Special shout out to Yuri, the greatest comic relief character of all time.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ronald Koltnow

    I recently discovered that there is a sub-genre called Dieselpunk. Just as Gibson and Sterling created Cyberpunk, which uses the technology of a new computer age, and Jeter and Powers created Steampunk, in which the technology is Victorian, writers like Harry Turtledove created Dieselpunk, alternate history tales using the milieu and technology of the WWII era. I suppose THE ROCKETEER is the ultimate Dieselpunk comic, and Warren Ellis pays tribute to it in IGNITION CITY. This is Volume one but t I recently discovered that there is a sub-genre called Dieselpunk. Just as Gibson and Sterling created Cyberpunk, which uses the technology of a new computer age, and Jeter and Powers created Steampunk, in which the technology is Victorian, writers like Harry Turtledove created Dieselpunk, alternate history tales using the milieu and technology of the WWII era. I suppose THE ROCKETEER is the ultimate Dieselpunk comic, and Warren Ellis pays tribute to it in IGNITION CITY. This is Volume one but there was never any follow-up. Somewhat reminiscent of Whedon’s FIREFLY, IC takes place in a remote setting (think Wild West), with gun-fighting Ex-Freedom fighters and ex-pilots (space flight having been banned). Mary Raven comes to town for the most classic of reasons, to kill the one who murdered her father. The artwork by Gianluca Pagliarani emphasizes Raven’s pulchritude and Ellis’s script explores new avenues of profanity and scatology. Both are excessive. The yarn had a cinematic quality but is too derivative to be noteworthy.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bill Sleeman

    A fun alternative future/past romp. The steampunkish story flows well. The future/past "slang" is a more than a little difficult to take but that is hard to make work and is usually not very well done in these types of stories, no big surprise there. Too bad this never got any traction for follow up stories as more adventures would be great to read. A fun alternative future/past romp. The steampunkish story flows well. The future/past "slang" is a more than a little difficult to take but that is hard to make work and is usually not very well done in these types of stories, no big surprise there. Too bad this never got any traction for follow up stories as more adventures would be great to read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jordan

    Intriguing, a page-turner, and like many Warren Ellis single-volume stories, over so soon you can't believe you are on the final page. Seemed to be just getting started when THE END happened. Still, Ellis books like this are extremely entertaining (and often thought-provoking) ways to kill an hour or so. Maybe volume 2 some day? (also said about 40 other Warren Ellis one-offs...) Intriguing, a page-turner, and like many Warren Ellis single-volume stories, over so soon you can't believe you are on the final page. Seemed to be just getting started when THE END happened. Still, Ellis books like this are extremely entertaining (and often thought-provoking) ways to kill an hour or so. Maybe volume 2 some day? (also said about 40 other Warren Ellis one-offs...)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Wesley McCraw

    The ending sort of killed this for me. I almost gave it 2-stars, but it worked pretty well up until then.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Wilde Sky

    A woman hunts for the people that killed her father. The graphics and story were good. Overall rating 3.5

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