A generation renovates the world?

One thousand and one people: instead of calling them by their real names, all of them prefer to be called by their identity numbers. One thousand and one people: each has different abilities. They are responsible for solving any terrorist attacks or crisis, in any places in the world.  A girl is a normal student at a university and has a talent that she can handle any number of separate input processes at once. Now, she is responsible for connecting these one thousand and one people at an underground center. Her name is Alpha. These people belong to an organization called “Global Frequency”.

In Frank Kermode’s article “The sense of an ending”, Mr. Kermode pointes out an idea that human beings in our period are dissatisfied that their lives are only a really short period during the whole history of human beings. Each generation wants to be the most essential generation in history. They hope they are able to greatly influence the next generation. They want to renovate their lives and the world. As a consequence, unfortunately, this idea will sometimes lead people to choose some “painful ways” to renovate the world, or in other words, we call these “painful ways” – “terrorist attacks”. In addition, these ways are wrong because they cause harm to others. This idea left a great impression on me and I believe this idea has strong relationships with the book “Global Frequency”. In “Global Frequency”, many terrorist attacks happened. All the terrorists want to renovate their lives and the world. All of the terrorists want to influence the future by their actions. However, all of them choose a wrong way. Thus, instead of these terrorists, the people in “Global Frequency” rescue the world. These anti-terror people use their own ways to protect their lives and future.

The graphic novel “Global Frequency” uses a narrative method, which used many pictures and conversations to tell stories. This novel also shows technology by showing that Alpha can connect to each agent by his headset whenever and wherever, even though he is on a difficult mission. What is more, Alpha can send pictures and data the agents need using his sat phone. There are two specific moments in the novel that leave a great impression on me. The first one is the story “The Run”. In this story, Sita was asked to disarm a kind of biological weapon in London even though she neither hold any skills nor had any experience about how to disarm the weapon. In the end, she succeed and advanced technology gives her a hand. The second moment is the story about the leader of the organization “Global Frequency”; Miss Zero is captured by an enemy organization. Alpha connects many agents and they save their leader by strong electric communications and technology. The most important thing is all the processes are complete within one hour. Even if this novel did not have any pictures, readers can also understand what is happening by all the words. However, it is not vivid and interesting without pictures. Personally, I think reading all-word novels are boring and annoying, but reading a graphic novel is much more attractive and interesting for me.

This graphic novel “Global Frequency” revealed many different kinds of lives in the twenty-first century. For example, the story “BombHead” reflects the history of the Cold War, a nuclear weapon threatens the city San Francisco, and the story “Big Sky” reflects some religious factors of nature of the humans in a small village in Norway. As far as I am concerned, the story about Takashi rescuing a local hospital is the best story. In this story, in the beginning, Takashi was not willing to save the hospital due to failing his last task and he said he was not a member of “Global Frequency” anymore. However, Alpha convinces him to rescue the hospital by telling him “If these one hundred people die tonight, this is all your responsibility.” In the end, Takashi finds everyone, including himself were infected and had permanent brain damage. In order to not let anyone escape the hospital, he told Alpha to destroy the hospital and he commits suicide. Obviously, we can see Takashi was a great agent and responsible man.

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3 Responses to A generation renovates the world?

  1. KeepCalm22 says:

    I think it is interesting that you bring up the section with Sita in “On the Run.” The ebola bio-bomb definitely adds an apocalyptic consequence to the piece, echoing Kermode’s theory that we all become preoccupied with predicting our own ends. The dire consequences should the bomb not be disarmed definitely adds to the idea that humans tend to relate to crisis, centering our line of thought around it quite often. I think it is this element that has a decent amount of power to draw the reader into the story. However, I feel that the scene is important for many other reasons as well. The specific instance where Sita is being watched by the little girl on the London Eye speaks volumes for the equality concerns that Ellis is addressing. When the girl says to her father, “Spiderman is a girl and she’s just like us,” Ellis overcomes two boundaries at once. First, the fact that Sita is female. Global Frequency is one of the few comic books where a female is entrusted to save the world. Sita is not only depicted as a strong female that is fully capable of such a daunting task, but she is presented in a way that is not overly sexualized. The begging of the episode confirms this, as she shirks off demands to strip at the bar, disgusted with the man’s requests of her. She is strong and capable, defined by her ability, not her gender. Also, Sita is visibly from the Middle East, knocking down a race barrier as well. The section is a refreshing change from the typical white male hero, depicting that all races and genders are equal in a subtle yet powerful way.


  2. Mingyue Yan says:

    Really a nice response. You bring the ideas from Frank Kermode’s article “The sense of an ending” and relate that with the contents from “global Frequency”. However, I think if you can talk more about the relationships, that will be better. Also, if you can be more specific on only one story. That will be better. In your response, you talk the story about Takashi and his task about rescuing the hospital. This is a very interesting story and I also very like it, but if youca ntalk more about this story, that will be better. In general, nice response


  3. pittpanther22 says:

    I think it is interesting that you mentioned how members of Global Frequency are known not by their actual names, but rather as a number. It reminds me of how in the book and movie “Fight Club,” all the members of Project Mayhem have no name until death, and once they die they are all referred to the same name–Robert Paulsen. I wonder why The Global Frequency operation choses to do so, is it like Fight Club where they feel as though they are not individuals, but rather they all make up one person who fights for a the cause. I think that in a way it dehumanizes the members of The Global Frequency. Furthermore, it is ironic that they re referred to by numbers rather than letter-based code names, it gives they idea that the members are more machine-like, rather than human-like–and this is ironic because they are often fighting something that was a result of a machine.


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