The world of espionage has long been a staple in pop culture. A beloved genre with incarnations ranging from the campy, such as the Bond flick Thunderball, to the gritty, like The Bourne series. Image Comics makes a foray into the spy game with Where Is Jake Ellis? Starring ex-CIA agent Jon Moore as he tries to outrun the very people he used to work for. How does it hold up? Find out with your latest and greatest Major Spoilers review!
Previously in Where Is Jake Ellis?: Before Where Is Jake Ellis? there was Who Is Jake Ellis? which I, admittedly, did not read. There is a re-cap at the beginning of this book though. The re-cap is a bit messy and disjointed, but what I got from it was that Jon Moore had the mind of Jake Ellis put into his and Ellis would help him complete his missions.
WHERE IS THE PLOT?
There is not really much story here, Jon Moore is on the run for something and some government agents are after him. He suddenly gets a voice in his head telling him what to do (a voice I can only assume is Jake Ellis) and then kind of avoids the people after him. The action is well plotted and the panel-to-panel actions really convey the sense of speed the chase scenes are going for. The dialogue was solid and snappy, though it begged some more characterization and fluff outside of what was necessary to drive the plot. Overall, there is not much depth to this book, or really any explanation for new comers like me, but it did leave me with a yearning to want to know more of just exactly what was going on.
NOT QUITE DOUBLE-O STATUS
The art is solid, but nothing special. There is nothing wrong with it, but really nothing that sticks out to me. I am sure someone else would enjoy the art much more than I, but as of right now I do not see myself remembering it a month down the line. I do like the use of primary colors to represent the “important” or “good” characters, while the general enemy goons all wear the same grays/blacks. Its a simple trick, one that has been done before, but its put to good use here.
BOTTOM LINE: FOR THE FANS
I’ll level with you, dear reader, if you are a fan of Who Is Jake Ellis? then definitely pick this up or at least give it a look, though at the $3.50 price tag I would just wait for the trade. If you are a new comer, then do not bother, you will leave the book confused and off put.
DID YOU READ THIS ISSUE? RATE IT!