By Alex Zalben
Who Is Jake Ellis? #1
Every once in a while, you get a pleasant surprise reading a comic, a book that comes out of nowhere, that you know nothing about, and it hooks you instantly from the first page. This isn’t that book… But only because it took me three whole pages until I couldn’t put it down.
I hesitate to even say anything about the plot, as it will ruin all the great revelations, but suffice to say, this is an international crime thriller in the Jason Bourne mold, with a huge, honking, out of left field twist. The first two pages play out like any number of encounters that go wrong in movies, with a smart, explosive set piece, and a hero in over his head. Our hero, Jon Moore, is engaged with some shady characters, makes a quick exit, and three pages in, we get a neat turn on the in media res start to the story: in big, bold letters, as Moore jumps off the prow of a boat, silhouetted by fireworks, we see the word, ‘STOP.’ Then we rewind fifteen seconds, and see what was really going on, and whom Jon was actually talking to. It wasn’t the crooks trying to swindle him, and it may be someone who isn’t even there at all.
Writer Nathan Edmondson has written some smart stuff before, but this really takes his game to the next level. Every page is engrossing, and perfectly aided by Tonci Zonjic’s art, which is stunningly rendered in thin, almost cartoon like pencils. From the aforementioned boat prow, to a dark church, Zonjic’s pages are effortlessly cinematic.
The rest of the book plays out like a spy movie on crack, with no easy answers, only big action, a lot of sexy sexiness, and that weird twist I keep alluding to. Is it supernatural? Is it in Jon’s head? Like the title says, who is Jake Ellis? I’ll definitely be picking up issue two to find out.
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