Ocean

Ocean

Graphic Novel - 2005
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Lying beneath Europa's half-mile-thick mantle of shear ice is the only ocean in the solar system not on Earth. Within those cold waters could rest the key to life on Earth and quite possibly its extinction.
Publisher: S.l. : Wildstorm, 2005.
ISBN: 9781401208493
1401208495
Call Number: ELLIS
Characteristics: p.
Subjects: Graphic novels.

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SCL_Justin Jul 20, 2017

Ocean is a great little scifi story about a UN weapons inspector who heads out to Jupiter’s moon Europa because a scientific team there found a shedload of billion-year-old alien coffins. There’s another corporation out in orbit of Europa too and they’re interested in the weapon potential of these alien devices.

The book is full of good Warren Ellis dialogue between bitter cranky people trying to save the world. The evil corporation guys have all had personality replacements for the length of their contracts so they’re full on corporate drones, while the heroic real people make terrible food and talk about sex a lot. There are some cool ideas about weapons in space, a great fight sequence using manipulation of the space station’s gravity, and Ellis’ old-school rocket fixation (transferred to the main character) helps to save the day.

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rswcove
Oct 23, 2015

Ocean is Die Hard on the set 2001: A Space Odyssey with a Microsoft Clone standing in for HAL9000. I meant all of the above as a complement. Ocean is a slick and well written action movie in Graphic Novel Form. Like Losers before it, Ocean proves that comic books can be as cinematic or even more cinematic that their film counterparts if both writer and artist know what they are doing (see the disastrous film adaptation of Losers to see the difference, or better yet, don't).

Ocean is clever, and tightly compressed. It's a little rushed if I'm being honest, but that doesn't hurt the story. Ocean is a 90 minute sci-fi action horror in the vein of Aliens or Event Horizon. Well worth the read, and I would even be optimistic about a film adaptation.

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Jean-Pierre Lebel
May 29, 2012

Warren Ellis is one of my favourite comic writers; so far I've enjoyed everything of his: Freak Angels, Transmetropolitan, Fell. Ocean is a quick 6 issue story that the tale of UN weapons expert/inspector sent to Europa, a moon of Jupiter, to investigate a situation. The story was good, but I agree that it was too short. Many aspects of the story and it's characters feel totally unexplored. Recommended.

metalsox Nov 16, 2011

Neat anti-corporation sci-fi story. Kind of a felt a lot like Ellis' RED where it could use another volume to flesh out the story completely but still a lot of intriguing ideas in it and cool action.

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