Zilla and the Comics Junkies

Monday, April 17, 2006

Desolation Jones #6

Ah the joys of "Suggested for Mature Readers". Desolation Jones continues to impress (and thoroughly) w/ the wrap of it's first arc here in issue #6.

Mike Jones finally gets his hands on the twisted Colonel Nigh's stolen Hitler porn reel (and ends the ongoing blackmail bid by executing the blackmailers) and it turns out that the porn reel itself was just a cover for documentation detailing the gub-ment's top-secret "temple farm" program/plan (temple farm is the codename for the experimental intel program that transformed jones into the sub-human he is today).

Having discovered Nigh's involvement in "temple farm" (and the varied involvement of his three daughters in the mess surrounding the theft and recovery of the reel), Jones arranges for a good 'ole family get together. I'd love to go into detail about what happens next but the end here is just too good to spoil...

I'll leave it by saying that i really, really dig this comic. Ellis and Williams are simply out doing themselves here IMO. The writing is gritty and on point, w/ solid pacing, original story lines (a good thing for the age-old detective drama), and some seriously kick-ass dialogue. Make no mistake that D Jones is for mature audiences... working sometimes in the NC-17 realm (w/ no qualms from me here though since the grit and grime fits naturally and doesn't feel forced for shock value).

Ellis (and Williams) have created one of the most interesting (if not unique) lead characters to hit comics in a long, long while. I can only imagine the love-hate relationship most readers out there have w/ Michael Jones, and figure it's similiar to what i feel when i read him.

This book isn't made only by the writing though; Williams art here is AMAZING (seriously). His layouts impress the heck out of me (esp in this issue) and he's not afraid to get uber-creative w/ his drawings and/or panels. As an aside, i'm not sure who does the coloring for this book, but it works REALLY well and adds tremendously to the art (think Ex Machina in a way)...

Zill is salivating (that word just seems weird when it comes to anticipating comics but you def get the idea) for the start of the next arc already... A+


17 April, 2006 19:50, Anonymous CellarDoor said...

Wow, talk about two opposite views of the same comic! Have you read Brian Cronin's review at Comics Should Be Good?
I read his first and it really had me worried that even though I loved the first five issues of the series, I would be disappointed in the finale to the first arc. Your review has restored hope. Thank you sir! Of course because of my new (stupid) TPB's only rule, I have to wait even though I have the first five single issues!

18 April, 2006 20:08, Blogger zilla said...

well, you know what they say; opinions are like a-holes, everyone's got one! ha. hard for me to imagine you won't like #6 if you DID like #1-5 though... DEF let me know what you think... i hate for you to have to wait for the trade though... at least buy this one flop to finish the arc partner!!!

19 April, 2006 09:14, Blogger Ryan X said...

There are so many things to like about DJ, I wouldn't know where to start. The wrap-up issue of "The Man from England" arc was exceptional. My biggest complaint has nothing to do with the story, but with an issue brought up recently by Zilla. I read #6 as soon as I got it without re-reading the previous issues. Because this book comes out so infrequently, the final issue lost a lot of the punch for me because of the time lag between #5 and #6. Again, this is my fault for sure, but this would (will) have been a lot more hard-hitting as a trade. Flops suck...esp ones that come out every two months!


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Criminal, The Goon, Daredevil, Exterminators, Punisher, Hellboy/B.P.R.D (All), Powers, Godland, Usagi Yojimbo, The Walking Dead, Invincible, Conan, Ex Machina, DMZ, Desolation Jones, Fell, 100 Bullets, All-Star Superman, Ultimates 2, Loveless, and Fear Agent.

I'm recently back reading after a 15 year comics hiatus.

Zilla is not my real name.

I'm from Tejas living in VA. I'm married w/ 2 dogs. I'm an IT security consultant cranking the wheel for a big consulting firm in "real" life.

I watch the History Channel, Nat'l Geo, TLC, Mil Channel, ESPN and NFL Network, CourtTV (forensic files, etc.) and the Cartoon Network (love Genndy T's Samurai Jack and Clone Wars Adventures). My taste in movies: Gladiator, Last Samurai, Braveheart, Godfather, Tarantino (whatever), Kung-Fu (whatever), Westerns, Top Gun, Big Lebowski.

I love the outdoors and bs'ing around w/ my dogs.

In addition to being a comics junkie, i'm also a sports junkie especially when it comes to the Texas Longhorns and the Dallas Cowboys.

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