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.