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Desolation Jones #1

May 15, 2005

Quick Rating: Very Good, but…
Title: Made in England Part 1

An ex-secret agent gets the most bizarre assignment imaginable.

Writer: Warren Ellis
Art: J.H. Williams II
Colors: Jose Villarrubia
Letters: Todd Klein
Editor: Scott Dunbier
Cover Art: J.H. Williams II
Publisher: DC Comics/Wildstorm Signature Series

Nobody can ever accuse Warren Ellis of just doing the same ol’ thing. His newest Wildstorm offering, Desolation Jones, is the tale of a British MI-6 operative whose own personal problems take him out of the field and into a strange experimental project that leaves him with a bizarre array of abilities and disadvantages alike. Fast-forward an indeterminate amount of time and we find Jones living in Los Angeles, part of an underground community of former secret agents that are kept in the city of Angels for some vague reason.

But that doesn’t mean that they don’t get a little action – Jones takes on a new assignment this issue, a job to find a very valuable World War II artifact from the people who stole it. And that’s about as explicit as I can get in an all-ages forum. There’s a reason I rated this issue “Very Good But…” Ellis really goes overboard with the sexual content in this issue. Without changing a word of dialogue but instead just shedding a few clothes and changing a few camera angles, this could very easily be an X-rated parody comic like you see from Fantagraphics.

I don’t say this to pass judgment – like I said, it was entertaining, but that’s the sort of thing that could put people off and I thought it only fair to warn you. For what it’s worth, the characters are bizarre and interesting, and the writing and dialogue are top-notch. The item Jones is contracted to retrieve is a little too bizarre to be believed, but that’s okay as it will most likely turn out to be a Macguffin anyway. The story isn’t about the item, it’s about Jones and his quest to retrieve it.

J.H. Williams II does a good job with the art – he creates a very moody, atmospheric tone. Jones looks almost sickeningly skinny and gaunt, but in a way that’s clearly supposed to be disturbing and not in some unrealistic fashion model sense. He does an interesting effect with a few flashback sequences as well, black and white, and somehow more polished than the rest of the comic.

Overall, it’s a good book, but it’s a prime example that not every comic book is for everyone.

Rating: 8/10

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