[Review] Hidden Gems of Comics: Warren Ellis’ RUINS
Art by: Terese Nielsen, Cliff Nielsen and Chris Moeller.
In 1994, Marvel Comic published Marvels, an examination of the universe the company had created from the perspective of an ordinary man, news photographer Phil Sheldon. It captured the wonder and awe of the normal citizens of the Marvel Universe at the super powered individuals that share their world. The mini-series was very well received, winning three Eisner awards and becoming much loved amongst Marvel fans.
One year later, a very similar series appeared. Phil Sheldon once again appeared, writing a book on the strange world he lived in, one filled with aliens, heroes and monsters. But instead of the love that the earlier series embodied, a dark mirror was held up, casting the universe in a disturbing new light. This series was Ruins.
Written by Warren Ellis, with art by Terese Nielsen, Cliff Nielsen and Chris Moeller, the story is set in a dystopian version of the Marvel Universe, under the oppressive rule of President X. Sheldon’s journey begins with the death of the last members of a revolutionary cell known as The Avengers. As he investigates this world of alien concentration camps, scientists turned into a tumor covered monsters, and strange, grotesque powers, he can’t help but wonder if it could have being a different place. A world of Marvels.