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Where Is Jake Ellis? #1

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Where Is Jake Ellis? #1

Credits

  • Words: Nathan Edmondson
  • Art: Tonci Zonjic
  • Publisher: Image Comics
  • Price: $3.50
  • Release Date: Nov 14, 2012

Who Is Jake Ellis? was one of my favourite new mini-series in recent times.  It sprang forth from Image Comics in 2011 and the combined talents of writer Nathan Edmondson and artist Tonci Zonjic. Refreshing, surprising, adventurous, and just so cool, it made many people sit up and take notice with its sleek storytelling and cinematic visuals. After the critical praise of Who Is Jake Ellis?, further adventures were announced, and now they’re finally here in this follow-up 5 issue series.

The first series told the story of CIA desk jockey Jon Moore who through the course of the series discovered the ghostly figure offering him continual life saving guidance in the form of Jake Ellis was a product of secret experimentation upon him many years before. That series ended with the pair infiltrating a facility in Morocco, where Jon made an unexpected discovery about the pair’s origins. If you haven’t read the original series (do so right now!), you can catch up on what’s come before with the handy action packed prologue that begins this debut issue.

A toughened, and shaved Jon is now living in Bangkok where clearly the recent events in his life have transformed him into a competent, Jason Bourne-like agent. However Jake Ellis has also had a transformation, and not for the better. Still in recovery stage, he is unwell and bitter against the way his life has turned out, and although the two men don’t share any scenes together, they still have an intriguing connection.

Edmondson pares back the dialogue, and number of characters, subtly sprinkling in plot advancements across the pages, and he has approached this sequel with a fresh set of eyes; not content to serve more of the same.

Zonjic’s art is simply gorgeous. His use of colors and panel designs make this look like a James Bond film on paper. It moves fast and looks superb while doing so.

Like the first mini-series, Where Is Jake Ellis? is filled with questions amidst all the action, and future issues will surely arrive with answers. If you liked the first series, grab this. If you haven’t read the first series, grab that, and then grab this.

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