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I decided to give Desolation Jones a second chance after #1 and read #1-3.

I admit I was a bit too critical, as things have developed nicely over the next two issues. The whole story still feels like The Big Sleep with an Ellis filter. But I am ok with that now. Jones is one twisted, messed up fuck. But I expect nothing else from Ellis. I do dig the concept of L.A. being a retirement home for ex intelliegence agents. Of course JH Williams' art is fantastic.

Issue #3 was ok, the weakest so far, just because there was way too much exposition by Nicole on the porn industry. It just seemed like filler and did not really move the story along. However the issue was redeemed a little by Jones' encounter with a porn director. One word: Nasty!!

I think I just might stick with this title for a bit.

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Went on a huge spending spree at the comic store and I bought the "Global Frequency" Trade today.

I'll get back with you when I get around to reading it.

 

UPDATED:

I've read up to issue #6 now.

I'm loving this series! Ellis was on his game. Not the most original of series, but still very good. It grabs your attention, eh? It reminds me of "Planetary" meets "X-Files".

Because each issue is self-contained, there's none of that annoying decompression.

Issue #5, about the "religious experience" in Norway is my favourite, so far.

Alan Crowe, the magician, is my favourite character (not that characterization is really the strong-point of this series). He reminds me of me if you manage to get me talking about religion or magick.

The covers are striking!

 

So far, I'd recommend this series to every Warren Ellis fan and give it a grade of A-

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Issue #3 was ok, the weakest so far, just because there was way too much exposition by Nicole on the porn industry. It just seemed like filler and did not really move the story along. However the issue was redeemed a little by Jones' encounter with a porn director. One word: Nasty!!

 

Funny, I thought just the opposite - the violent revenge scene was OK but a little by-the-numbers, while the real meat of the issue was provided by the exposition on the realities of the porn industry. If all of Ellis' "here's what I've been reading about this week" digressions were this fascinating, this atmospheric, and this viciously well-executed, I'd object to them a lot less. The issue felt to me like a combination of the very best aspects of early Transmet and Ellis' Hellblazer - it wouldn't have taken many changes, in fact, to make this an absolutely top-notch Constantine story (something along the lines of Azzarello's run, only better-written).

 

Desolation Jones is the best thing Ellis has written in several years, so far as I've read.

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I'm really, really curious about Desolation Jones, but I really want to cut back on monthlies, so I'm waiting for a trade :-?

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Issue #3 was ok, the weakest so far, just because there was way too much exposition by Nicole on the porn industry. It just seemed like filler and did not really move the story along. However the issue was redeemed a little by Jones' encounter with a porn director. One word: Nasty!!

 

Funny, I thought just the opposite - the violent revenge scene was OK but a little by-the-numbers, while the real meat of the issue was provided by the exposition on the realities of the porn industry. If all of Ellis' "here's what I've been reading about this week" digressions were this fascinating, this atmospheric, and this viciously well-executed, I'd object to them a lot less. The issue felt to me like a combination of the very best aspects of early Transmet and Ellis' Hellblazer - it wouldn't have taken many changes, in fact, to make this an absolutely top-notch Constantine story (something along the lines of Azzarello's run, only better-written).

 

Desolation Jones is the best thing Ellis has written in several years, so far as I've read.

I dunno, maybe it was because I felt like there was nothing I didn't already know about the porn industry. So it was kind of boring to me.

That in itself disturbs me!! :blink:

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Oh, little-to-none of it was new to me, either. I just liked the way it was told - for a supposedly straightforward, talking-heads sequence, the art was incredible.

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Fuck, that art looks awful. Not just ugly, but horribly static and badly laid-out too. Surprising, because I like most of Harris' work on Ex Machina and what I've seen of his Starman.

 

Ug-lee art, coupled with a description of the project from Ellis which sounds like it combines a lot of his weaker elements (cliched action sequences, massive decompression, hackneyed plot setup), and I think I'll probably be passing on this one.

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Yeah, but Harris was doing Starman years ago too, and his work looked a lot better there (I possibly prefer that to his Ex Machina stuff, in fact).

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yes, that art is ugly. Lotta people getting shot up so I'd imagine that I'd like it. Glad to see Hamner taking over.

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Very Transmet I thought, could easily have been Spider talking to the porn star and then enacting violent revenge in her name.

 

Thats funny because last weekend when i read Desolation Jones #3 whilst on the bus to Glasgow, that same thought also crept into my brain but its easy to create such a parallel when you know Warren Ellis created Transmet i guess.

 

Fucking cracking comic series though, can't deny that.

 

 

Finally got round to reading Global Frequency recently, wasn't too impressed with either of those two trades, do the Global Frequency agents ever fail a fucking mission? why the 100% success rate in averting disaster? and does anyone else who read these trades or issues or whatever get pissed off with that "you're on the global frequency" line spoken about ten times in one story?

 

So many questions, so many despairing migraine-inducing thoughts that i couldn't care less to think about.... :rolleyes:

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Down, not Fell. Although it's easy to get Ellis' various one-word titles confused, he seems to be spouting new ones every couple of weeks...

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RE:Global Frequency

Yeah, it would've been an all around better series had the team failed once in a while, but I only read the first Trade, so I guess I thought they would end up failing in the second half of the series.

And, yes, the Global Frequency net was very annoying and tedious.

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I looked at or bought an issue of Global Frequency and it looked like yet another secret agent thing, which seems to be a genre that Ellis is particularly enamoured of, but it doesn't do much for me, unless it's unheroic and sordid (and in that way closer to the truth about the intelligence milieu). Desolation Jones is much more my style.

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The issue of Global Frequency, with art by Lee Bermejo, about the Asian death cult is one of my all time favourite action comics. The rest of the run is hit and miss but some of it's really quite good - streets ahead of the muck Ellis was producing around that period.

 

The preview pages for Jack Cross #2 look quite good, the events on page 4 had me whoa-ing out loud, which is always a good thing. Shame about the shithouse logo and dodgy art though.

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