Ministry Of Space

March 7, 2005 | Trades


Ministry Of Space
Warren Ellis, Chris Weston, Laura Martin
Image Comics
$12.95 (Paperback)
*** 1/2 (out of five)

Forget Sputnik and Mercury — the Brits are the first ones in space.
At least they are in writer Warren Ellis’ mind.
Ministry Of Space imagines that instead of the Americans and Russians spiriting the rocket scientists out of Germany after World War II, the British find them first. More than that, they’ve found a secret way to finance the rocket’s construction — albeit one that may have dire consequences in the future.
Initially this concept seems a little sad: just Ellis (Transmetropolitan, Iron Man), a Brit himself, fancying things could have been so much better if the Yanks and Reds hadn’t turned the exploration of space into a contest.
But with the help of the imaginative art of Chris Weston and the lavish colouring by Laura Martin, Ellis makes a heck of an argument.
Why haven’t humans been back to the moon in over 30 years? How much further could a country that wasn’t embroiled in an arms race for 45 years have taken us?
Ministry Of Space is a ‘what-if’ tale that will have you pondering the price of posturing.

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