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Elephantmen is an American ongoing monthly comic book published by Image Comics and written by Richard Starkings with art by Moritat and a number of other artists.

Issue 1 was released in July The process involves implanting embryos into the wombs of kidnapped local women who are disposed of after giving birth. These Elephantmen are trained from birth to be soldiers and killers and are indoctrinated with an Orwellian mindset to think of themselves as property of the MAPPO Corporation and to deny any concept of free thought. While their mission has not been elaborated at this stage it seems to be a combination of liberating the Elephantmen, investigating the attacks on the local populace and ending the development of MAPPO's illegal army.

Ultimately, the U. The Elephantmen are rehabilitated and released to establish their own lives in the outside world where they are generally treated with distrust and horror from humans. Many of the Elephantmen were assigned jobs by the government.

Living with the humans has proven to be incredibly difficult for the Elephantmen. The war in which they fought had great consequences as people from both sides Elephantmen included lost many loved ones. Not all of those who survived retained their sanity, in fact some became active hunters who tracked down Elephantmen, and then executed them.

The series shows that the characters are haunted by memories that are still raw, with some people being driven to insanity due to being unable to let go of the past. It is evident that the Elephantmen themselves show some level of regret towards what they did during the conflict.

It is also evident that crimes such as the ivory trade are seen as a good excuse to commit murder, and that even the Elephantmen themselves are involved with the seedy underworld and drug abuse. Women who befriend, and become romantically involved with the Elephantmen are treated as outsiders, frowned upon, yet some have nightmares about their offspring and the chances of survival during childbirth. At this time in the series the species do not accept each other. Thus it also bears similarities to the film adaptation of the aforementioned book.

The Elephantmen series is a spin-off from the series Hip Flask , set in the same universe and expanding on details of various minor characters from that series. Elephantmen: War Toys is a three-issue mini-series prequel. Starkings himself is working on the draft treatment, and is enthusiastic: "Jerry [Zucker] and I can't wait to bring the stories of Hip, Horn and Sahara to life on screen in a way that will simply take your breath away.

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I'm a latecomer to the world and characters created by Richard Starkings in his famous Elephantmen title. I've been meaning to dive in for years, but got cold feet because of my impression that there's a ton of material out there. But last year at Comic-Con, I got gifted a copy of the first volume the Elephantmen Mammoth Collection , which contains a whopping 18 issues of the series, including a key mini-series and some one-shots. So my journey began. Boy, what a journey it was! Smooth and rough, ugly and beautiful, happy and sad…you get the picture. It's an extremely well-realised universe, unfolding via many complex, well-penned stories and gorgeously drawn vistas.


Why Elephantmen Is Among The Best-Realised Worlds In Comics Today

Elephantmen is a European comic book series published by Image Comics , created by Richard Starkings and illustrated by Ladronn, Moritat, Marian Churchland and guest artists. Set in the 23rd century, the series revolves around a group of genetic super soldiers created by a Mad Scientist named Kazushi Nikken. The resulting "elephantmen" are bigger, stronger, and tougher than humans. Nikken also subjects them to years of mental conditioning and cybernetic Emotion Suppression to purge their humanity, making them merciless, obedient killing machines. The result is years of Afro-Sino War.

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