Apparat Singles Group
|Apparat Singles Group|
|Created by||Warren Ellis|
|Formats||Original material for the series has been published as a set of one-shot comics.|
|Publication date||November – December 2004|
|Number of issues||4|
|Artist(s)||Juan Jose Ryp (Angel Stomp Future)|
Carla Speed McNeil (Frank Ironwine)
Laurenn McCubbin (Quit City)
Jacen Burrows (Simon Spector)
|Colorist(s)||Greg Waller (Frank Ironwine & Simon Spector)|
|Editor(s)||William A. Christensen|
|Apparat: The Singles Collection||ISBN 1-59291-032-7|
The premise behind the line was that each one-shot represented a first issue of a comic published in an alternate reality where pulp stories made a direct transition into comics without spawning superhero comics. Each one-shot came with an essay explaining the premise of the label and a detailed behind-the-scenes explanation for the ideas that led to the creation of each comic. To help maintain the premise, each one-shot had an Apparat label, with the Avatar Press label appearing only on back covers.
Angel Stomp Future
Genre: Science Fiction
Frank Ironwine is a middle-aged homicide detective with a low-key investigative style, focusing on character and motivation instead of forensics.
Genre: Aviator Adventure
The story follows a woman pilot who dropped out of the Aeropiratika group of adventurers and returned home to San Francisco, where she deals with the unfinished business from her past.
Genre: Pulp Vigilantes
Modeled after Doc Savage and The Shadow, Simon Spector is a wealthy man who apparently lives in a skyscraper in Manhattan. He has been trained to kill barehanded and makes use of drugs which make him "super-sane" with advanced cognitive abilities, at the cost of cutting his life expectancy with each dose.
The four one-shots have been collected into a trade paperback: