One of the issues of Global Frequency that stood out to me was Invasive. One of the things that I liked from the series overall was having a new focal character in each issue. Even though there are core characters like Miranda and Aleph, introducing a new person each time allows for the story to veer in any direction. This type of writing style makes me call to mind The Sense of an Ending by Frank Kermode. A core argument in his writing is the idea that we should be satisfied with having our place in life in “the middle” rather than over analyzing what our connection could be to the beginning and end. In this sense, it lends well to the writing style of Ellis because we are presented with a new character each time without introduction or explanation of what this person has experienced in life. We are ultimately given an ending to the plot of the comic but not necessarily an ending for the character.
Reading a narrative through the form of a comic is a new experience for myself personally. Initially I found the format to be a little underwhelming in not allowing gathering great detail from the text like that of a typical novel. However, after spending some time with Global Frequency I was finally able to draw most of the meaning and intention of from the artwork. In most cases I was able to understand a follow the story before even reading the spoken passages from the characters. Having a comic format to present a narrative was a tremendous aid for this issue in particular. The plot was that an alien virus was infecting people and causing them to bleed from the eyes. Without mentioning that a virus is endangering others, you can clearly see from the artwork that people are becoming ill somehow. Another aspect about Invasive that stood out to me was when the virus was being referenced to as a meme. A meme is an idea that spreads and becomes infectious on the Internet. The use of this word shortens the bridge in my mind of what it means to be human or what it means to become a machine.
In terms of Global Frequency in a bigger picture there are some aspects that I find interesting. The Internet, and modern technologies allow for the whole world to be connected, in this case, via cell phone. It makes me think, with that level of hyper connectivity the ability to stay anonymous is pretty incredible. Also, when the mayor had to turn away the media from the situation that was occurring is a definite correlation to news coverage in today’s society. The public has to know everything the moment it occurs and there is little concern over privacy when it comes to getting the story on camera. Lastly, this comic series goes to show how modern technology is able to unite total strangers in order to do some good for the world. Within seconds we are connected with people across the globe that share common interests and without the use of this technology it would be hard for the Global Frequency to even exist.