Desolation Jones: Made in England



Desolation Jones: Made in EnglandA Former Field Agent For M16, Michael Jones Was The First Surviving Victim Of The Desolation Test, A Radically Dangerous Procedure Cooked Up By The British Government Jones Was Intravenously Kept Alive While Being Force Fed A Steady Diet Of Horrific Data And Images Non Stop As Stimulants Were Continuously Pumped Into His Body Keeping Him Conscious And Alert For A Solid Year.Now Retired From The Agency, Jones Lives In Los Angeles, Acting As A Private Investigator To The Secret Underground Community Of Ex Spooks Who Have Come In From The Cold, And Who Have No One Else To Turn To.Collecting The First Six Issues Of The Eisner Nominated Series By Warren Ellis And J.H Williams III Michael Jones Was A British Spy Who D Seen Better Days But Things Took A Turn For The Worse Once He Fell Into The Desolation Project S Hands Now He S The Preeminent Detective For An Elite Clientele The Underground Community Of Ex Spooks In Gritty L.A.

Warren Ellis is the award winning writer of graphic novels like TRANSMETROPOLITAN, FELL, MINISTRY OF SPACE and PLANETARY, and the author of the NYT bestselling GUN MACHINE and the underground classic novel CROOKED LITTLE VEIN, as well as the digital short story single DEAD PIG COLLECTOR His newest book is the novella NORMAL, from FSG Originals, listed as one ofs Best 100 Books Of 2016.The movie RED is based on his graphic novel of the same name, its sequel having been released in summer 2013 IRON MAN 3 is based on his Marvel Comics graphic novel IRON MAN EXTREMIS He is currently developing his graphic novel sequence with Jason Howard, TREES, for television, in concert with HardySonBaker and NBCU, and continues to work as a screenwriter and producer in film and television, represented by Angela Cheng Caplan and Cheng Caplan Company He is the creator, writer and co producer of the Netflix series CASTLEVANIA, recently renewed for its third season, and of the recently announced Netflix series HEAVEN S FOREST.He s written extensively for VICE, WIRED UK and Reuters on technological and cultural matters, and given keynote speeches and lectures at events like dConstruct, ThingsCon, Improving Reality, SxSW, How The Light Gets In, Haunted Machines and Cognitive Cities.Warren Ellis has recently developed and curated the revival of the Wildstorm creative library for DC Entertainment with the series THE WILD STORM, and is currently working on the serialising of new graphic novel works TREES THREE FATES and INJECTION at Image Comics, and the serialised graphic novel THE BATMAN S GRAVE for DC Comics, while working as a Consulting Producer on another television series.A documentary about his work, CAPTURED GHOSTS, was released in 2012.Recognitions include the NUIG Literary and Debating Society s President s Medal for service to freedom of speech, the EAGLE AWARDS Roll Of Honour for lifetime achievement in the field of comics graphic novels, the Grand Prix de l Imaginaire 2010, the Sidewise Award for Alternate History and the International Horror Guild Award for illustrated narrative He is a Patron of Humanists UK He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Essex.Warren Ellis lives outside London, on the south east coast of England, in case he needs to make a quick getaway.

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  • Paperback
  • 144 pages
  • Desolation Jones: Made in England
  • Warren Ellis
  • English
  • 09 June 2019
  • 140121150X

10 thoughts on “Desolation Jones: Made in England

  1. Sam Quixote says:

    Los Angeles, the city of angels, is full of ex spooks Former secret government agents who ve done, and had done to them, terrible things and are now living out their early retirement years in LA unable to leave Jones is one such ex spook, a survivor of the mysterious Desolation Project in England, who also freelances as a covert detective A wealthy old man contacts him to recover a precious item a reel of secret home made porn by Adolf Hitler himself, filmed in his bunker But as Jones is Los Angeles, the city of angels, is full of ex spooks Former secret government agents who ve done, and had done to them, terrible things and are now living out their early retirement years in LA unable to leave Jones is one such ex spook, a survivor of the mysterious Desolation Project in England, who also freelances as a covert detective A wealthy old man contacts him to recover a precious item a reel of secret home made porn by Adolf Hitler himself, filmed in his bunker But as Jones is about to discover, the Hitler porn is the red herring in a case that becomescomplicated by the hour as several people begin gunning for him Desolation Jones is basically Warren Ellis writing his version of Raymond Chandler s LA Noir stories The pieces are all there the world weary detective with the shady past, running from something horrible via intoxicants the femme fatale, the employer, the job, the crooks, the underworld businesses and rackets It s written in Ellis signature grumpy sarcastic witty style where the characters dialogue is biting and funny, and I loved that Chandler and noir in general though is not my bag and that s why I found the comic overall kinda average It s your usual gumshoe stuff, usual tropes, same beats, even down to the bait and switch at the end, and you either enjoy that genre stuff or you don t I m in the latter.That s not to say Desolation Jones isn t any good it s definitely got its moments The biggest draw, even over Ellis writing, is JH Williams III s incredible art If you re reading Sandman Overture or have read the Batwoman comics he drew, you ll know his art style is insanely imaginative Same applies to Jones whose story utilises Williams skills perfectly We have watery murky flashbacks, fantastically framed fight choreography, warm, even glorious, hallucinations Jones mind is fucked of angels here and there, and warped, druggy sequences to rival Ralph Steadman If you re a fan of the artist like me, this is a must read comic purely for the art What s surprising in the script is the sober look at the modern porn industry in a scene that sneaks up at you right in the middle of the book It s realistic, humanises the women involved, convincing, dark, unpleasant and moving all at once a stark contrast to the jovial madness that makes up most of the book Transmetropolitan had moments like that and so does Desolation Jones and it s that unpredictable quality to switch gears suddenly is what I love about Ellis scripts It s a shame it didn t become a series but I doubt Williams could ve maintained the pace given the painstakingly high quality of his work, and it s not a bad standalone book anyway The plot s a bit same y for me to totally love but if you re a noir fan, Ellis homage to Chandler s stories will be right up your alley Desolation Jones is a fine, disturbed modern equivalent for Philip Marlowe

  2. John Huizar says:

    Quite possibly the best comic I ve ever read, and massive props to Warren Ellis for writing it The characters are interesting and varied, the artwork is excellent, the story is both very dark and very funny, and the dialogue is top notch The premise is that the city of Los Angeles serves as a prison without walls for exiled members of the international intelligence community Some of them have been experimented on by their governments, but the end result is almost invariably not enhancement, b Quite possibly the best comic I ve ever read, and massive props to Warren Ellis for writing it The characters are interesting and varied, the artwork is excellent, the story is both very dark and very funny, and the dialogue is top notch The premise is that the city of Los Angeles serves as a prison without walls for exiled members of the international intelligence community Some of them have been experimented on by their governments, but the end result is almost invariably not enhancement, but damage They are all damaged, flawed, lonely people trying to find meaning as invisible men and women in an invisible cage as the main character, Michael Jones himself puts it, they re a bunch of old, caged wolves, all penned up together, and all too often innocents find themselves caught in struggles between them.Warren Ellis writing style comes out very strongly here, with his observations on the darker side of the human experience cropping up frequently His observations on the porn industry are particularly gut wrenching, gleaned as they were from a female porn star friend of his who later committed suicide All in all, there is a very noir sort of feel to the graphic novel indeed, this story arc is very much a tribute to The Big Sleep

  3. Travis says:

    A film noir story on acid with a lot of porn references thrown in for good measure Brilliant, dark, surreal and clever.L.A has been turned into the a sort of open prison retirement community for burned out spies and government test subjects where the test went wrong Desolation Jones is a mix of both and acts as a sort of trouble shooter investigator for the powers that be that run the city.His first case involves a retired General who has had something stolen from his special porn collec A film noir story on acid with a lot of porn references thrown in for good measure Brilliant, dark, surreal and clever.L.A has been turned into the a sort of open prison retirement community for burned out spies and government test subjects where the test went wrong Desolation Jones is a mix of both and acts as a sort of trouble shooter investigator for the powers that be that run the city.His first case involves a retired General who has had something stolen from his special porn collection at the same time that one of his daughters has run away from home.The case him takes him back and forth from the ex spy community to the porn industry and back again We meet an interesting collection of seedy, bizarre and sympathetic characters involved along the way.Really great stuff as Ellis mashes together spies, PIs, bits of weird sci fi, philosophy and a look at big cities.Great stuff that would make a great TV show

  4. Julian says:

    Now let s clear up some misconceptions Yes, there is an awful lot of violence in this book Our hero commits murders as if they were nomoving nor onerous than blowing his nose, and the only person for whom he seems to feel anything approaching a positive emotion is a woman who can make people throw up simply by being at them And yes, there is a long, long, and very forcefully expressed, speech about what it s like being a porn actress, that leaves one with no illusions at all, and what o Now let s clear up some misconceptions Yes, there is an awful lot of violence in this book Our hero commits murders as if they were nomoving nor onerous than blowing his nose, and the only person for whom he seems to feel anything approaching a positive emotion is a woman who can make people throw up simply by being at them And yes, there is a long, long, and very forcefully expressed, speech about what it s like being a porn actress, that leaves one with no illusions at all, and what one might call porn exotica does provide the mcguffin And yes, pretty well all the characters are refuse from one or other intelligence agency s experiments gone awry, which provides a background that explains some of the easy violence.But that isn t what this is about All that is just part of establishing the milieu, a world of easy morals, lies within lies, quick violence, no law as such, beautiful easy dames and tough guys Let s just put it this way the hero s a LA private detective and his case involves a retired general with three daughters the bossy one, the nice one and the one who s into sex way too much for her own good Yup, this is The Big Sleep for the twenty first century.And with that understanding, everything falls into place Jones emotional disconnect from the world may have agruesome explanation than Marlowe s, but it creates the same effect of an amoral detective driven only by his own sense of justice and dislike of being made a patsy And as a piece of noir fiction, this works terribly well But where it goes one better is that it is satirical noir This isn t just about blackmail It s about blackmail over pictures of Hitler s todger Everything is just that little bit too bright, too strange, and it creates just the right amount alienation to make one wonder whether all of this is serious, whether what we think is the plot actually is the plot at all, and whether perhaps we re missing the main act because we ve been distracted by a side show And then, almost on the last page, we learn that we have.The art work, as you would expect from the illustrator of Promethea Book One, is superb Page layout is toyed with, we wander in and out of black and white, the images of characters are stylised so as to not show the speaker saying stuff but to show what it is their words are saying about them to hilarious effect in the long porn star speech , and it is, overall, beautiful to look at So, putting it all together, a fine book, and I hope we seeor Mr Jones adventures

  5. Kathryn says:

    AMAZING art Panels that I just stared at and constantly flipped back to, especially the action scenes So beautiful Loved the charaters Jones reminds me of some of my favorite characters from Hellblazer, Fell, others with intense and strong male charaters, though Jones is probably the craziest I ve read He s a bad guy, no question about it The reader feels sympathy for this bad man because other bad men have hurt him That sympathy doesn t go away just because the reader discovers some AMAZING art Panels that I just stared at and constantly flipped back to, especially the action scenes So beautiful Loved the charaters Jones reminds me of some of my favorite characters from Hellblazer, Fell, others with intense and strong male charaters, though Jones is probably the craziest I ve read He s a bad guy, no question about it The reader feels sympathy for this bad man because other bad men have hurt him That sympathy doesn t go away just because the reader discovers some of the bad tings that Jones did in his life I also loved Jones visionsbeautiful art and his backstory was great, extremely frightening, and full of potential for further original story lines

  6. Andrew says:

    This was a really solid Ellis outing It s exactly what his fans demand from him The narrative was unfortunately cut off as Ellis cancelled the series, so a lot of questions are left unanswered We get a solid, serialized comic story but the big questions that would have carried the series along as it went on are obviously left alone Jones goes off in search of a piece of cinematic history for a client, but there s a lottoo the search than just the film.

  7. Dan says:

    I wonder how many times the phrase Hitler s Homemade Porn was used in this trade I remember reading it so many times, but seriously this wasn t too bad Written by Warren Ellis about a man who was created to feel no pain, and used to work for the UK s Special mission squad.

  8. Alysia Freshcoln says:

    This is Very weird.

  9. Jedhua says:

    ABSOLUTE RATING 3 5 stars STANDARDIZED RATING ABSOLUTE RATING 3 5 stars STANDARDIZED RATING 3 5 stars

  10. Mark Desrosiers says:

    After barely surviving the Desolation experiment kept awake for an entire year whilst getting horribly tortured , the skeletal, beyond grizzled former M16 operative Jones is trapped in L.A with his Brit accent and Goth photophobia Soon, he is involved in a mystery which is a total ripoff of and homage to The Big Sleep Ha ha, get it A year of sleep deprivation, and now this The cadged mystery is catalyzed by a McGuffin Hitler s homemade porn reel which is so over the top awful, After barely surviving the Desolation experiment kept awake for an entire year whilst getting horribly tortured , the skeletal, beyond grizzled former M16 operative Jones is trapped in L.A with his Brit accent and Goth photophobia Soon, he is involved in a mystery which is a total ripoff of and homage to The Big Sleep Ha ha, get it A year of sleep deprivation, and now this The cadged mystery is catalyzed by a McGuffin Hitler s homemade porn reel which is so over the top awful, it works only as a parody of McGuffins in general But the plot moves like the Big Sleep randomly, suspensefully, with moments of tender affection inflecting a warm, alienating skein of flesh, violence, and double crossing You end up loving the characters, cinematography, and dialog, but forgetting the nonsensical plot I loved it

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