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Vic and Blood

Credits: Written by Harlan Ellison and Illustrated by Richard Corben
Publisher: ibooks

Commentary

Harlan Ellison tore American sf a new hole in the 1960s and had a riotous time doing it. One of his rowdier achievements during the period were his "Vic And Blood" stories, which rewired the standard post-nuke apocalypse story into something that was, for the first time, emotionally as well as conceptually crushing.

Blood is a neurally engineered wardog with human intelligence and a telepathic organ. Vic is a fifteen-year-old wanderer in a nuked America where only a few children seem to have survived. VIC AND BLOOD is the original short stories and their adaptations into comics by Richard Corben. This is Corben, noted for his slick and surreal colour work, at his rawest -- everyone looks bruised, vulnerable and dead-eyed, in a landscape that's nothing but red and black, blood and scabs.

Ellison's retooled the background material to make this the optimum version of the stories. Corben's adaptations are an object lesson in the difference in effects from prose that comics command.

And these are still killer stories; in a subgenre that's become almost quaint in the light of the 21st Century, these remain tales of the unexpected.

-- Warren Ellis

 
Warren Ellis has written around thirty graphic novels, comics, prose fiction, journalism, videogames and screenplays. Sometimes he take photographs. He also creates and co-creates websites, including this one. He has awards and stuff, he's been in big magazines and newspapers, and he's been published in Nature, which he always mentions because it makes him laugh. He's on the web at warrenellis.com and diepunyhumans.com.

 


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