Item description for Switchblade Honey by Warren Ellis & Brandon McKinney...
The alien Chasta put their war machine into gear and humankind was suddenly in the worst fight it had ever known - and lost. The solar system will be annexed by the Chasta within the next thirty days. If humankind can't be the U.S. Army anymore, then it will have to be the Viet Cong. Disgraced Captain John Ryder gets a ship and crew and leads them into space as guerrilla fighters. Once clear of the system, they locate a place to hide between sorties and begin fighting. They strike from behind and shoot from cover. If they can't give them hell, Ryder and crew at least give them a hard time. The Chasta throw a ring of steel around the system as they close in on Earth, so Ryder pokes holes in it. They're on their own. No support. Naval vessels won't even recognize their callsign. They don't exist... but they're mankind's last hope.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 10.25" Height: 6.5" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Jul 29, 2003
ISBN 1932051139 ISBN13 9781932051131
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More About Warren Ellis & Brandon McKinney
Warren Ellis is the award-winning creator of graphic novels such as "Fell," "Ministry of Space," "Planetary," and "Transmetropolitan" and the author of the novel "Crooked Little Vein." His graphic novel "RED" was adapted into the #1 hit film of the same name starring Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren. He lives in London.
Reviews - What do customers think about Switchblade Honey?
What a Steaming Pile of $@%# Sep 7, 2008
This slim graphic novel from Warren Ellis of The Preacher fame is at least a joke and possibly a travesty for all of the natural resources that were wasted on it.
A cliche group of military misfits - the men chisled and rough, the women buxum and bitchy - are offered freedom if they take a suicide mission of maximum destruction to save mankind. Even the story is beyond cliche at this point and ends up a complete insult to The Dirty Dozen.
This book is every twelve-year's science fiction wet dream - assuming they live in a cave and missed every science fiction movie ever made.
A Guide to my Book Rating System:
1 star = The wood pulp would have been better utilized as toilet paper. 2 stars = Don't bother, clean your bathroom instead. 3 stars = Wasn't a waste of time, but it was time wasted. 4 stars = Good book, but not life altering. 5 stars = This book changed my world in at least some small way.
Graphic SF Reader Sep 3, 2007
This is an amusing, slightly over the top satire of Star Trek, and others, at times. Humans fight a war with aliens, and lose, badly. Your usual crew of criminals, misfits, and drunks, gets given one of the last ships left, and gets told to go and fight a guerilla war, or do whatever they can to be annoying. Ultimately the crew has to decide what they really should do.
this HAS be a joke Dec 10, 2004
A horrible story combining all known stereotypes. Cliche "we'll let you out of jail for this one-way maximum property damage mission". The hot woman that pep talks the reluctant leader. Everyone is overly chiseled and always screaming (complete with straining neck tendons..but no daffy-duck spittle). The on-the-egde addict hacker. The clueless puritan. (I think everyone was white, too)
And all sorts of horrible insults to technology. I'm no comic snob or plot-hole snoop, but I would think that any high-tech enemy of the human race would keep external hackers from opening their airlocks via remote...that's bad enough to be distracting.
I honestly think this was an experiment to see how stupid the comic book public really is and how much trash they would pay to swallow. I am sure Ellis is laughing to himself as he coasted on this one.
I've read the Transmetropolitan series, and it's outstanding. The Authority and Planetary are excellent. This book is an anomaly, regardless of intent. Don't buy it.
SWITCHBLADE HONEY is a riot! Jul 26, 2003
It's a fast fun read that starts in the thick of action, and just keeps finding more trouble to get into after that. ST:TNG gets royally hoisted on its own petard. This isn't lifeless "perfect people" space adventure, but rather a story that stays true to human nature... including its best. Fans of military SF should enjoy it at face value. For current Trek fans it might be like a shock therapy. :)
My immediate reaction after reading SWITCHBLADE HONEY was: More!
I hope writer Warren Ellis has more space adventure stories to tell, whether sequels to this or more completely new ones. And I hope publisher Larry Young invites other name writers to write the space adventures they're inspired to -- that the mainstream comic publishers seem to fear to try that genre new to them -- for his impressive company.
So, basically, it's good. Real good. Read it. And you'll want more, too. :)