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.