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Desolation Jones [Paperback]

Warren Ellis , J. H. Williams III
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21 Oct 2006
Michael Jones is a man whose brain and body have been irrevocably altered by a mysterious, year-long experiment called the 'Desolation Test'. A former spy, he has moved to Los Angeles, itself a home for all manner of former spooks. Hired by a rich and secretive patriarch to retrieve a priceless lost pornographic film featuring Adolf Hitler, Jones becomes embroiled in a Chandleresque plot of murder, mischief and mayhem. But Jones has no time for any of it - and a very short fuse. From critically acclaimed, fan-favourite author Warren Ellis ("Transmetropolitan", "Planetary") and renowned artist JH Williams III ("Promethea", "Batman") comes a new kind of detective...for a new and brutal kind of world. Warning: Adults Only!

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (21 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845764005
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845764005
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 16.8 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ellis both subverts and elevates." - Joss Whedon (creator of Buffy and Firefly) "This is impressive stuff" - The X-Axis "Desolation Jones promises entertainment, filth and above all else a fast-paced storyline and fantastic art." - The California Aggie Online "I emphatically recommend Desolation Jones... Get this one immediately." - Cinescape "Ellis performs surgery on the dark underbelly of America." - Dreamwatch"

About the Author

Warren Ellis is well known in the comics field and beyond, with writing credits on Authority, Planetary, Global Frequency, Hellblazer, Transmetropolitan, Stormwatch, Fell, 2000 AD, Batman and Ultimate Fantastic Four. JH Williams III is currently best known for his outstanding illustration of the Eisner and Harvey award-winning Promethea, with acclaimed writer Alan Moore. He will shortly become the new artist on Batman.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Desolation Jones 8 Sep 2008
By Richard Kelly TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Deslotaion Jones is at heart a detective novel that takes place within the shadowy underbelly of Los Angeles. LA is an open prison for ex-intelligence agency personel who can operate without having to worry about the legitimate upholders of the law. Jones has been tasked with recovering some stolen memorabelia, this being some pornographic home movies containing a certain Adolf Hitler. It soon transpires that this is not really what is going on at all...and Jones is dragged into a long forgotten scandel involving the USA government. We also find out that Jones is the only surviving result of the UK governments Desolation experiment.

Jones is mad, bad and dangerous to know - the results of the experiment on him have left him with a warped outlook on life, at one point he say "I am incapable of caring if any of you leave this room alive" and we believe him. Expect death, mayhem, violence, depravity, porn and a complete lack of standard morality. There will obvioulsy not be a happy ending.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The next time Hollywood runs out of ideas... 20 Feb 2010
I came here looking for a sequel to this volume. I've read a fair amount of Ellis, so far this is definitely my favourite, but I've yet to read any of the Trans Met series, so I retain final judgement.

Someone else has commented this book is like a detective novel. Sort of like Constantine (the English one looks a bit like Sting - not the Hawaiian one)is a detective.

I want to know more about the Desolation treatment. I want to know what Jones did next.

The story is a romp around the city of angels, spooks retirement home, taking in the seedy side with an amphetamine driven photo-sensitive psychopath and an enabler. Jones would be brilliantly played by Alan Rickman (after a long bout of food poisoning) - and if anyone was to make it I'd love to see Tarrantino's name on it, hoping he'd leave the book intact.

If you like your graphic novels with fewer capes and you're not averse to a spot of the ultra-violence this is a must own.
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I read this comic ages ago. As a general, I love the work of Warren Ellis and his borderline, obscure characters. Desolation Jones is an ex-British agent and only survivor of an experiment to figure out what happens if you keep a person awake for one year by means of torture. He lives now in L.A., the city where all "experimental" agents concentrate, and hunts under commission.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars True escapism 29 Aug 2007
By Richard Hammond VINE VOICE
I resisted graphic novels for, well, 36 years until cracking and wandering off to St. Alban's Chaos Comics to pretend I was down with all the hip kids and Goths and that. I cracked because we've all cracked: comic books have crossed over like a medieval plague - their influence can be felt throughout Hollywood and right on down to the BBC on a Saturday Night (Jekyll anyone?) This one is great - extreme characters living extraordinary lives, escapism of the very highest order. Kind of what entertainment is for I reckon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enter the world of espionage, guided by engaging artwork 8 Jan 2007
By oldnoakes - Published on Amazon.com
Desolation Jones is an ex-spy from Britain living in a seedy underworld, located in Los Angelos, CA, which also home to other ex-spies. At the end of his career, Jones volunteered to be a guniea pig for an human-enhancement experiment called the Desolation program. This program has left him scarred and a shell of a man. Now, Jones does free-lance espionage in Los Angelos interacting with various allies/advisaries with a similar background as himself.

Due to the setting and the nature of espionage, there is some graphic action/situations that occur, mostly of a violent nature that is artfully and tastefully handled. I would say that this is not for children, but perhaps for those well-adjusted and mature-minded young adults (probably good for high school, maybe a little younger).

The fractured world that Jones views is very well interpretated by the vivid artwork of the book, some of the best I have seen. I've read my share of grahpic novels, and this graphic novel is very unique and exciting. I'm looking forward to reading more from this series. Highly recommended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars May I have some conspiracies, bukkake, spies, Los Angeles, and a cup of coffee? 20 April 2009
By J. Guzman - Published on Amazon.com
I sat down, opened up the trade and read it in one sitting. Not because I had nothing better to do, but I was caught: hook, line, and sinker by the second page. If you've read Ellis' Crooked Little Vein: A Novel (P.S.) and enjoyed it, then you'll love this tradeback (and vice-versa).

Michael Jones is an ex-British intelligence agent who rebels against "Intel just chewing people up for no reason than that it finds chewing people up interesting". He's an unlikely detective an in unlikely place. The city is Los Angeles, but not the way you know L.A. (unless you think like Ellis). Something was stolen from Colonel Nigh and he wants it back. With different conspiracies webbed together, it's going to take someone like Jones to get us through. Part of the fun is finding out the plethora of personalities from all the ex-agents. Because they just aren't retired veterans. They are exiled from the C.I.A., N.S.A., F.B.I., MI6 and forced to live within the L.A. boundaries, for reasons you have to read to find out. I don't want to put any spoilers, but just know there are a lot of fun things about this book if you like bloody, violent, detective stories filled with bizarre characters.

Williams artwork is wonderful and beautifully matched with Ellis writing. This is like the Kill Bill of comic books. Black & whites, markers, watercolours, different styles of artwork. His cross hatching is great. At times it felt like a manga, other times it was surreal. Just as enjoyable as his Promethea (Book 1) artwork. This is a good book to read a few times over a cup of tea.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Desolation Jones 14 May 2012
By jonathan briggs - Published on Amazon.com
"James Bond never urinated on himself." That's all you need to say where Michael Jones is concerned. The formerly soused MI5 superspy works as a kind of private eye in a community/prison in El Lay populated by other castoffs from the world's intelligence communities. The dissipated and decaying shamus is hired by a former Army colonel who's even more diseased than Jones to track down a favorite video of Hitler's homemade porn. The case lands Jones in the middle of a seriously twisted domestic drama and in contact with some of the more horrifyingly slimy denizens of underunderunderground El Lay. J.H. Williams lays out a feast for the eyes with his intricate art and inventive panel design, ensuring there's something interesting to look at in every corner and cranny of the page. Warren Ellis can spread himself too thin by juggling multiple comix series, but when he focuses his considerable talent on a particular project, the results are often memorable. "Planetary." "Transmetropolitan." "Global Frequency." Add "Desolation Jones" to the list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Artist Rocks 6 Sep 2010
By Gill Friedman II - Published on Amazon.com
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The creative risk that he takes are off the charts. The composition and layouts are awesome. He is an illustrator that is a natural master of graphic design. I was blown away by this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Harsh but compelling 25 Jun 2010
By DJ Joe Sixpack - Published on Amazon.com
"Desolation Jones"
Written by Warren Ellis
Illustrated by J. H. Williams III
(DC Comics/Wildstorm, 2006)
NOTE: mild spoilers below
In this brutish, yet stylish, spy saga we meet Michael Jones, a British agent who has been put out to pasture in an intelligence-community prison comprised of the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. Those in LA exile are given latitude to kill one another, as long as their violent encounters stay inside "the community." Haggard, gaunt, grey-skinned and utterly depressed, Jones is the lone survivor of a grisly medical experiment known as "the desolation test," the parameters of which are not fully disclosed in this volume, but which has left him psychologically fractured and nearly without emotion or fear, as well as possibly slightly super-powered -- qualities that give him a tremendous edge in his work as an clandestine assassin. This book is relentlessly downcast and graphically violent, yet quite well-written and beautifully illustrated. It will not make you feel good about life, but it is a damn fine graphic novel. Worth checking out, if you go for darker material. (Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain book reviews)
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