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A high-kicking, gun-blazing, sexy secret agent has one hour to save the city of New Ataraxia from an unseen menace from another reality. Dancing amid the spires of a city called New Ataraxia, there is a woman who can cloud men's minds, leap across buildings as if weightless, unerringly fire twin automatic pistols in the most insane conditions, and disappear in a crowded roo A high-kicking, gun-blazing, sexy secret agent has one hour to save the city of New Ataraxia from an unseen menace from another reality. Dancing amid the spires of a city called New Ataraxia, there is a woman who can cloud men's minds, leap across buildings as if weightless, unerringly fire twin automatic pistols in the most insane conditions, and disappear in a crowded room. She fights against the political repression of an insane technocratic society, comes from a place that no one in New Ataraxia has ever heard of... and has only one hour to save the city from itself! A high-octane blend of The Shadow, Tomb Raider, retro-punk science fiction, and 21st century Weird Pulp Action, Warren Ellis' ANNA MERCURY is a headlong adventure serial about a beautiful and mysterious spy-adventurer who is not what she seems.


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A high-kicking, gun-blazing, sexy secret agent has one hour to save the city of New Ataraxia from an unseen menace from another reality. Dancing amid the spires of a city called New Ataraxia, there is a woman who can cloud men's minds, leap across buildings as if weightless, unerringly fire twin automatic pistols in the most insane conditions, and disappear in a crowded roo A high-kicking, gun-blazing, sexy secret agent has one hour to save the city of New Ataraxia from an unseen menace from another reality. Dancing amid the spires of a city called New Ataraxia, there is a woman who can cloud men's minds, leap across buildings as if weightless, unerringly fire twin automatic pistols in the most insane conditions, and disappear in a crowded room. She fights against the political repression of an insane technocratic society, comes from a place that no one in New Ataraxia has ever heard of... and has only one hour to save the city from itself! A high-octane blend of The Shadow, Tomb Raider, retro-punk science fiction, and 21st century Weird Pulp Action, Warren Ellis' ANNA MERCURY is a headlong adventure serial about a beautiful and mysterious spy-adventurer who is not what she seems.

30 review for Anna Mercury, Volume 1: The Cutter

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    A dominatrix / secret agent fights 1940's fascists on a parallel earth. Like a lot of Warren Ellis's work, it's only a half-assed, not fully fleshed out scenario. This is one he should have left brewing in the back of his mind until it was completely formed. A dominatrix / secret agent fights 1940's fascists on a parallel earth. Like a lot of Warren Ellis's work, it's only a half-assed, not fully fleshed out scenario. This is one he should have left brewing in the back of his mind until it was completely formed.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Juju

    I was hoping for more from this. The idea of Ellis writing a dominatrix-Batwoman secret agent who gets to bounce between parallel worlds and pout sounds great but there isn't much here. The character is a wasted opportunity so far, who basically runs around blowing up anonymous soldiers when she's supposed to be saving their asses? Better luck next time. I was hoping for more from this. The idea of Ellis writing a dominatrix-Batwoman secret agent who gets to bounce between parallel worlds and pout sounds great but there isn't much here. The character is a wasted opportunity so far, who basically runs around blowing up anonymous soldiers when she's supposed to be saving their asses? Better luck next time.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Artur Coelho

    Este livro recorda-me porque é que gosto tanto de Warren Ellis. É o seu futurismo deliciosamente weird e visceral, disfarçado sob a capa da ação pura. Anna Mercury é um delírio, um mundo ficcional onde por acidente, um cruzador se manifesta num mundo paralelo e influencia-os para o militarismo extremo. Os agentes da "nossa" terra sentem responsabilidade para com os habitantes da terra paralela, e tentam mitigar os efeitos desta mescla de culto de carga com nazismo. Com algumas condicionantes, es Este livro recorda-me porque é que gosto tanto de Warren Ellis. É o seu futurismo deliciosamente weird e visceral, disfarçado sob a capa da ação pura. Anna Mercury é um delírio, um mundo ficcional onde por acidente, um cruzador se manifesta num mundo paralelo e influencia-os para o militarismo extremo. Os agentes da "nossa" terra sentem responsabilidade para com os habitantes da terra paralela, e tentam mitigar os efeitos desta mescla de culto de carga com nazismo. Com algumas condicionantes, especificamente porque a ponte entre universos se aguenta durante pouco tempo, com consequências fatalmente explosivas quando a ponte se fecha. Só agentes especialmente mentalmente instáveis conseguem operar nestes mundos paralelos, e nenhum o faz com mais elegância do que Anna Mercury. FC deliciosamente weird, e aventura pura, são as marcas de sempre deste argumentista.

  4. 4 out of 5

    47Time

    I really needed this: a sexy protagonist in thight, red-and-black leather (for no practical reason) shooting up a parallel universe in a story that has just the right level of scifi to be believable. True Ellis style, indeed. The very reason he is among my favourites. An event during the Second World War influences a parallel universe fundamentally and leads it to civil war. Anna Mercury is the leading operative from our world into the parallel world and her goal is to prevent it from destroying I really needed this: a sexy protagonist in thight, red-and-black leather (for no practical reason) shooting up a parallel universe in a story that has just the right level of scifi to be believable. True Ellis style, indeed. The very reason he is among my favourites. An event during the Second World War influences a parallel universe fundamentally and leads it to civil war. Anna Mercury is the leading operative from our world into the parallel world and her goal is to prevent it from destroying itself. The story ends too quickly and is a bit shallow, but it's fine for five isolated issues.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Vittorio Rainone

    Ennesimo volume Avatar Press a firma Ellis. Forse il più debole della serie, finora. Ci sono i classici ingredienti del supereroismo a la Ellis. Notevole fantasia nell'ambientazione, che sa essere interessante e ti sa attirare immediatamente nel vivo dell'azione. Peccato che poi a conti fatti non ci sia altro che azione. Qui tanto estremizzata da risolversi in una collezione di (belle, almeno quasi tutte) pose ipercinetiche. A fine lettura si dimentica in fretta. Ennesimo volume Avatar Press a firma Ellis. Forse il più debole della serie, finora. Ci sono i classici ingredienti del supereroismo a la Ellis. Notevole fantasia nell'ambientazione, che sa essere interessante e ti sa attirare immediatamente nel vivo dell'azione. Peccato che poi a conti fatti non ci sia altro che azione. Qui tanto estremizzata da risolversi in una collezione di (belle, almeno quasi tutte) pose ipercinetiche. A fine lettura si dimentica in fretta.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Wan

    I've read all 8 issues that have been released, so this review is for the entire series since it doesn't look like they intend to finish it. It's ok. It's basically like anime. A contrived premise for a sexy girl with dual guns shooting her way through various environments like Lara Croft. There's nothing really special or deep about it, but it's a fast way to pass an hour or two. I've read all 8 issues that have been released, so this review is for the entire series since it doesn't look like they intend to finish it. It's ok. It's basically like anime. A contrived premise for a sexy girl with dual guns shooting her way through various environments like Lara Croft. There's nothing really special or deep about it, but it's a fast way to pass an hour or two.

  7. 5 out of 5

    John

    This is probably Ellis at his most self-indulgent. Redheaded Powerful Woman/Dominatrix Secret Agent Who Spouts Techno Babel Which Bouncing Between Parallel Worlds With Guns and Weird Technology. Also...unfinished. Another Ellis trope

  8. 5 out of 5

    kangeiko

    2.5* - the plot felt a bit thin (I only really started to be interested in the half-way point) but it was the art that was the real problem. It didn’t match the plot or style at all, and actively dropped me out of the narrative several times. I won’t be continuing with the series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Givens

    I actually really liked this, the concepts reminded me of The Authority, but unfortunately there's just not enough here. It doesn't end on a cliffhanger, there's at least a temporary resolution, but this whole volume is setup for a series that didn't happen so it remains unsatisfying. I actually really liked this, the concepts reminded me of The Authority, but unfortunately there's just not enough here. It doesn't end on a cliffhanger, there's at least a temporary resolution, but this whole volume is setup for a series that didn't happen so it remains unsatisfying.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Simon

    Dominatrix versus evil space nazis. Well, that's just fun. Dominatrix versus evil space nazis. Well, that's just fun.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tanabrus

    Terzo volume dei cinque contenuti nell’Armageddon pack dell’Avatar. E terzo volume che mi è piaciuto. Anche questo è stato creato da Warren Ellis, qui in collaborazione col disegnatore Facundo Percio. Siamo nella fantascienza. Pura e semplice. Un po’ mi ricorda certe serie della Vertigo, non so bene il perché. Intorno alla Terra esistono altre nove Terre. Invisibili, sfasate nello spazio e nel tempo. Ma esistono. E da diverso tempo i nostri scienziati lo sanno. Non sanno come mai esistano, o da quant Terzo volume dei cinque contenuti nell’Armageddon pack dell’Avatar. E terzo volume che mi è piaciuto. Anche questo è stato creato da Warren Ellis, qui in collaborazione col disegnatore Facundo Percio. Siamo nella fantascienza. Pura e semplice. Un po’ mi ricorda certe serie della Vertigo, non so bene il perché. Intorno alla Terra esistono altre nove Terre. Invisibili, sfasate nello spazio e nel tempo. Ma esistono. E da diverso tempo i nostri scienziati lo sanno. Non sanno come mai esistano, o da quanto tempo. Agli inizi non sapevano neanche quali legge fisiche rendessero minimamente possibile la loro esistenza. Per capirci qualcosa, il G8 aveva creato un’apposita organizzazione con sedi in ognuno degli stati membri, un’organizzazione impegnata a raggiungere ed esplorare queste Terre alternative. Anna Mercury è un’agente dell’organizzazione inglese, e opera in una della Terre più complicate. Questa Terra è complicata perché una settantina di anni addietro si era materializzata nel bel mezzo di una delle due città che la costituiscono una gigantesca nave da guerra americana. Magnetismo, leggi della fisica e misteri dell’universo avevano fatto si che nel breve tempo della comparsa della nave nostrana in quella Terra, non solo il circondario era stato modificato, rimodellato dal magnetismo… gli abitanti di quella città avevano interpretato quell’apparizione come una visione divina. Un messaggio di Dio. E si erano impegnati per vivere secondo i dettami di questo Dio: magnetismo e cannoni da guerra. Una società fondamentalmente religiosa, una religione basata sulla scienza e sulla forza militare. Il fatto di vivere su una Terra piccola, con due sole città e una luna abitabile, ha senza dubbio complicato i piani di questa nuova religione. Che è riuscita ugualmente a trovare un nemico, negli infedeli dell’altra città (che, non avendo visto la nave, hanno preso per pazzi quei fanatici religiosi). Ora New Ataraxia è una città sotto regime militare e con un discreto sviluppo tecnologico; Sheol City è più arretrata, ridotta in difesa dalle politiche aggressive dei vicini e in reale pericolo di sterminio. Anna Mercury, durante le sue missioni su questa Terra, sfrutta un campo di induzione magnetica per ottenere più forza o compiere straordinarie imprese -oltre che per riuscire a tornare a casa, invece di esplodere una volta finita l’energia- e collabora con le cellule Sheol per destabilizzare il potere di Ataraxia e possibilmente sovvertire il governo in carica. Una missione che ha particolarmente a cuore, visto che la situazione attuale è colpa dell’interferenza Terrestre. La storia presentata in questo numero vede Anna alle prese con una potentissima arma di sterminio di massa installata dagli Ataraxiani sulla Luna, un’arma che potrebbe distruggere Sheol e la stessa Luna. Con un tempo limitatissimo e riserve energetiche sempre più scarne, Anna dovrà fare del suo meglio per salvare la situazione… Divertente, e la storia dei nove universi consente di variare ambientazioni nel futuro della serie. Oltre al commento sull’unico agente che aveva subito l’effetto boomerang senza esplodere… da come ne è stato accennato, mi fa pensare a una sorta di Alpha di Dollhouse. Interessante.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Du4

    After a couple "meh" efforts from Ellis at Avatar, I was beginning to suspect that his Avatar books were just places to dump a lot of half-formed and not well-written ideas. ANNA MERCURY turned that around. It's somewhat MATRIX-y but also with a bit of APOLLO 11 thrown in, a technique I really enjoyed. ANNA MERCURY is probably one of the better Ellis stories I've read. It's no DESOLATION JONES or PLANETARY, but it has the potential to get there if he chooses to continue doing more with the conce After a couple "meh" efforts from Ellis at Avatar, I was beginning to suspect that his Avatar books were just places to dump a lot of half-formed and not well-written ideas. ANNA MERCURY turned that around. It's somewhat MATRIX-y but also with a bit of APOLLO 11 thrown in, a technique I really enjoyed. ANNA MERCURY is probably one of the better Ellis stories I've read. It's no DESOLATION JONES or PLANETARY, but it has the potential to get there if he chooses to continue doing more with the concept. Artwork came from another one of Avatar's unheard-of stable of amazing artists, Facundo Percio. Reminds me somewhat of Georges Jeanty but with much more skill and nuance in his facial expressions. He really made the characters jump off the page.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Devowasright

    reading the issues, though for some reason i don't have the last one. will go searching tomorrow. this one is great, even by warren ellis standards. some hard science, some giant guns, a sexy kick ass heroine, and just an overall interesting concept. i love that mr. ellis can run with so many of his ideas. i can't wait to see how this turns out. finally got the last issue.. the pacing in this one is awesome. hits the ground running and doesn't let up. reading the issues, though for some reason i don't have the last one. will go searching tomorrow. this one is great, even by warren ellis standards. some hard science, some giant guns, a sexy kick ass heroine, and just an overall interesting concept. i love that mr. ellis can run with so many of his ideas. i can't wait to see how this turns out. finally got the last issue.. the pacing in this one is awesome. hits the ground running and doesn't let up.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ross

    Oh Warren Ellis, you just keep going further and further into stuff that makes my head hurt. I loved this story of covert agents working on alternate earths, trying to keep them from destroying themselves. Might get a bit too much exposition and the art was a bit meh at times, but still a really good read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jake

    Meh. More Ellis techno-jibberish than I need. Usually Ellis throws in enough insane/funny characters to make his latest future-fetish easier to swallow, but Anna Mercury was pretty much straight-up heroic. The art was nice, especially for an Avatar book. Nice boobies and leather.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Robert Bussie

    A great story about multiple dimensions, religion, and the negative effects and responsibility when one world accidently visits another one. Add in an interesting character in Anna Mercury and this is a great sci-fi graphic novel with wonderful art work.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Geoff Sebesta

    Normally I refuse to review a book until I've read it, but I refuse to force myself through this turgid crap. There is Warren Ellis, and there is Warren Ellis on autopilot, and it rarely takes more than a few pages to figure out which one you're dealing with. This is the latter. Normally I refuse to review a book until I've read it, but I refuse to force myself through this turgid crap. There is Warren Ellis, and there is Warren Ellis on autopilot, and it rarely takes more than a few pages to figure out which one you're dealing with. This is the latter.

  18. 4 out of 5

    David

    This odd little graphic novel is not Warren Ellis's best work. I kept waiting for the story to take off, but it never did. Perhaps the story gets more interesting in later volumes, but this one left me cold. This odd little graphic novel is not Warren Ellis's best work. I kept waiting for the story to take off, but it never did. Perhaps the story gets more interesting in later volumes, but this one left me cold.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Wolverina

    Good and a lot of fun, but nowhere near his best work.

  20. 5 out of 5

    John

    Some lovely art and an intriguing premise, but too talky and not enough solid story.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    A very interesting setup. I hope to read more. Ellis writes a good story and creates interesting characters. Yay for new stories, but when will we see more Desolation Jones?

  22. 5 out of 5

    East Bay J

    Dear Mr. Ellis, This was pretty silly, man. Best to you, Justin

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dony Grayman

    Colección Avatar. Primera edición en castellano. Volumen 1 y único hasta la fecha.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ma'Belle

    Meh. Just a stereotypical genre comic with a few excuses for Warren Ellis to describe some of his science-y ideas.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nick

  26. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Purnell

  27. 4 out of 5

    Yafu

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bobby

  29. 5 out of 5

    Troy-David Phillips

  30. 5 out of 5

    Juan Pablo

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