Fact: The coolest comic book character of 2016 is Vivek Headland, the protagonist of Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey’s sci-fi-horror-detective-spy series, Injection, whose 10th issue hits stands today. The first arc of the series offered a dark slow burn: you had to read all five issues to get any idea of what the hell was going on. In contrast, the second arc has been a visceral, pleasure-a-panel joy ride driven by Headland: a deadpan, omnisexual, genius detective who can tell ham from human flesh by taste.
While Ellis can bring badassness to anyone he writes—see his run on Moon Knight as well as his current Karnak series—his true gift lies in creating badasses from scratch. But not just any badasses: Ellis ass-kickers are dry-witted and smart as hell. The writer merges brilliant and badass in a way that is distinct and delicious. These are some of his greatest creations.