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Overview
The Global Frequency is an independent, covert intelligence organization headed by a former intelligence agent who uses the alias of Miranda Zero. There are reportedly 1,001 people on the Global Frequency, forming an active smart mob communicating by specially modified video mobile phones through a central dispatch system coordinated by a young woman code-named Aleph.
 
 
The purpose of the organization is to protect and rescue the world from the consequences of the various secret projects that the governments of the world have established, which are unknown to the public at large. The people on the Global Frequency are chosen and called on for their specialized skills in a variety of areas, from military personnel, intelligence agents, police detectives to scientific researchers, academics, athletes, former criminals and assassins. These threats that the organization deals with are equally varied and usually world-threatening, ranging from rogue military operations and paranormal phenomena to terrorist attacks and religious cults.
 
 
The existence of the organization is an open secret, but its membership list is anonymous, the identities of its field agents unknown to even each other before they meet on a mission. Often the only way to tell a member of the Global Frequency is by the phones that they carry or the Global Frequency symbol—a circle with four points on its perimeter 90 degrees apart—that they sport somewhere on their person.
 
 
Who exactly funds the Global Frequency is not known. Zero has said that at least some of the money comes from the G8 governments who pay the Frequency for not revealing the various secret horrors they deal with. Although the presence of an independent, unaccountable agency with strike capability makes some authorities nervous, they also recognize the fact that the Frequency has the skills, the reach and, more importantly, the will to act where they cannot. As a result, the organization gets tacit approval for its activities, and is sometimes called on by governments to deal with extraordinary crises. Mostly, however, the organization acts proactively as it discovers such threats.
 
 
Ellis designed the comic series like a television series with standalone "episodes", allowing the reader to begin with any issue and be able to understand what was going on. As a result, the only regular characters in the series are Miranda Zero and Aleph, with only a few other characters making a reappearance in the twelfth issue of the series. This also heightened the suspense, as the reader did not know if these characters would survive the mission, which sometimes they did not.
 
 
Also, each issue featured a different illustrator.
 
 
SG NOTES:  These scans are from the single issues and not the actual Volume #2 TPB which collected #7-12. This is one of my all-time favorite series! Second of my Warren Ellis uploads. Don't really need to be read in order, but #1-6 can be found here: 
 
 
Props to the unknown scanner for Issues 7-11 and to btx for #12. 
 
 
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for later/

 

Thanks Stick!

4/7/13 1:36 PM
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really enjoyed this series, wish ellis would revisit it
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This would be a great tv series.

4/7/13 10:59 PM
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i remember reading somewhere that tv series was planned and maybe even a pilot was shot
4/8/13 10:52 AM
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Hope you enjoyed V1 and V2 Mark!


grafzep,

Cool you enjoyed!

A pilot was shot years ago, Warner Brothers was set to air it, but somehow the pilot was leaked onto the net, and Warren Ellis in a fit yanked everything. Pilot featured the luscious actress, Michelle Forbes, who is probably best known to geeks as Ensign Ro Laren of ST: TNG. She was great as Miranda Zero, partly cos I have a fanboy crush on Ensign Ro. IIRC, the pilot combined elements of 2-3 issues.



paw,

We've discussed this in the past. Total agreement with you (unlike Rob Liefeld's art) - this concept/series would work well in episodic tv format much like X-Files. Although, I think they should stay away from an overall background plot of Miranda Zero vs the various agencies/governments and how she got to the position she is in. Outside of X-Files, not many series last over 2 seasons when there is the story of the week layered on top of sprinklings of a background plot which is slowly peeled away like an onion. Alcatraz was a recent series that comes to mind that tried that format and failed miserably much to my dismay.
4/9/13 10:00 PM
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I had no idea Michele Forbes was Miranda Zero or why it died on the vine. That is just a fucking tragedy!

I remember that the plot of one issue was trying to stop an alien thought that spread like a virus. Im not a huge fan of Ellis but that is a really cool idea that I've never encountered before or after.
4/10/13 2:22 PM
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I like Ellis for exactly this reason, has cool ideas that sometimes has a basis in reality like the rest of the series. Check out Fell if you haven't already. Comics posted on here. Almost all stories happened in one way or another and Ellis used it for the issues in Fell.

That reminds me, I have to post the Back Matter of Fell, where he goes into the source of that issue's plot.

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