My twelfth book of 2016 was another comic book trade from Image Comics as part of the Humble Bundle I bought earlier this year (this continues to be the best purchase i have made in a long time – dozens of great independent comics for a ‘pay what you want’ price that is far lower than anything I would have paid to get these books anywhere else). Injection volume 1 – written by Warren Ellis, drawn by Declan Shalvey, and colored by Jordie Bellaire – was initially confusing; who are these five main characters and what is happening to them and the world they inhabit? The first volume centers mainly on Maria Kilbride and Robin Morel though it involves the three other members of a group of people trying to keep the world ‘interesting’ in ways that reminded me slightly of another Warren Ellis book entitled Planetary. Magic, folklore, espionage, science, and technology intersect in odd ways as the story slowly emerges across the first five issues collected in this trade. The colors are largely dark or green, the art style striking and the story hard to pin down as it seems to start in the middle of a complicated mystery. Can these five friends trust each other – can anyone be trusted – and what is “the injection” that has been somehow inserted into the fabric of reality? This first volume only begins to hint at answers, but it has drawn me in enough to leave me wanting more.