Published by: Image Comics
Written by: Nathan Edmondson
Art by: Tonci Zonjic
Now this is a good book. Interesting premise. Well crafted. Well drawn. Well written. This is what comics are all about.
It opens with a conversation that seems like it’s badly written. The tense and phasing of Jon’s captions don’t go along with the person he’s talking to. At first glance it doesn’t bode well for the rest of the issue and then all of a sudden, everything makes sense.
Who is Jake Ellis isn’t just the title of this mini-series, but it’s also the question we ask ourselves as we read it. Jon, some kind of operative, has a “guardian angel” of sorts, named Jake. No one can see or hear him except for Jon, which is why some of the captions seem odd, it’s Jon talking to Jake.
It’s interesting to see Jon on the run with Jake providing directions and counsel. It’s an fairly complex relationship. Jake seems pretty deadpan, lacking in emotion, but there’s a panel or two where can see that there is more to Jake then just a shadowy man giving advice.
There’s no backstory on either character, but this is done in such a way that it’s not needed. The premise is so different that the relationship between the two men alone is enough to keep interest and keep the story moving.
Zonjic’s art is perfect for the tone of the book. It’s got a noirish, gritty feel that helps create the atmosphere. Some panels and characters are sparse, barely any detail, and then others aren’t. But the entire work fits together. It doesn’t feel rushed or sparse, but feels just right.
Zonjic changes up the coloring in the cathedral sequance, giving it more shadows and a reddish light as if it was being filtered by the large stained glass windows that dominate the background.
Who Is Jake Ellis #1 receives
6 out of 5
Everyone once in awhile a book comes around that shows us why we love the comics medium, this is one of those times.
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