Warren Ellis Explores the Action Hero

by jaredmoshe
October 22, 2010 6:25 AM
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Warren Ellis, the writer of the comic book RED, has an great piece in the Guardian on audience desire to continue the journey with characters and actors as long as they can. Ellis tackles two distinct yet overlapping themes. Audiences desire to continue the journey with an actor they've grown to love (like Bruce Willis or Sylvester Stallone) and their desire to see a hero rise again. And he does it with a single, simple idea, "These stories tell us we cannot be dispensed with, that it's wrong when we're discarded, that we'll have one last chance to win." He's writing about a very specific style of filmmaking, but what's so interesting to me is that this is an idea that plays again and again in Ellis' work, whether Transmetropolitan, Planetary, Orbiter or his countless other stories. Although his fiction is often nihilistic, sarcastic or dystopian this idea provides the kernel of hope that in the end makes even the darkest narrative optimistic.