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Where is Jake Ellis? Paperback – Illustrated, February 9, 2016
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In this volume, Jon hooks up with a chick named Molly who’s like “Thank you for saving me but you’re crazy and I’m going to the police” and “Thank you for saving me from the police but you’re crazy so I’m going to the State Department” and “Thank you for saving me from the State Department but you’re crazy so I’m going home to mom.” Jon should just let her get captured and forget about her, even if she is cute.
The second Jake Ellis volume is less intriguing than the first, but that’s only natural in a volume that explains what the intrigue is all about. I appreciate that the author did that. Too many graphic novel writers toss out wild scenarios that they can’t explain and call it art. Jake Ellis at least strives to make sense.
This is a nice continuation (conclusion?) of the Jake Ellis story. It has a couple of interesting twists and the ending leaves open the possibility of more to come. I like the intensity. Characterization isn’t bad for a relatively short series. The art and the coloring create the right mood.
Jon Moore is an analyst with an alphabet organization. He finds himself in the field and on the run because of a program that has him linked mentally (?) with Jake Ellis. But now Jake has gone dark to Jon. Without Jake, Jon is pretty inept and soon finds himself caught in Bangkok and being interrogated by Mollie Berkshire of the State Department. When Jake finally comes back online for Jon, Jon escapes with Mollie and promises her a big story. Can they stay alive long enough to discover what is going on? And where exactly is Jake Ellis?
I liked it. Jake and Jon are victims of their circumstances. They aren't really friends, but they need each other to survive. The reason they are linked was fuzzy to me in it's explanation, but I assume it was dealt with in the prior issues. Tonci Zonjic's art is pretty good for this style of story. Overall, I liked it.
I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Image Comics, Diamond Book Distributors, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
Did not know going in that there was a previous volume, which would have been a big help. As far as I can make out, the amnesiac is not only in telepathic contact with the other guy, but he can tell him how to escape traps and which way to go without being there, so possibly precognition. There’s another guy—with his eyes sewn shut? Ew!—doing the same for the bad guys, so each side has a psychic or such.
As if that wasn’t enough farfetchness of plot, the guy in Thailand goes to the American embassy to tell his story, hoping that’ll keep those hunting him off his back. That seems incredibly naïve for such a skilled operator, and indeed all he did was get a death sentence on the head of the young diplomat he gets shunted to. So now he’s got to protect her as well as himself, but of course she has to stubbornly insist that he leave her alone, so she can become the damsel in distress later.
By this time the amnesiac has broken out of the hospital, only to find his previous life no longer valid, with his wife remarried. He promptly gets kidnapped and taken to Bangkok so both plots can come together. That’s probably my major complaint about this narrative: every plot device is so convenient, exactly what the story needs to move along, almost by the numbers.
Then the operative gets captured and quickly breaks out—and we find out about the experiments the military had performed on them—BUT the escape is not shown; that’s not a good way of doing things. Can’t help but laugh that the downed helicopter crashes into the plane just as it was taking off with the main bad guy; again, convenient. But the worst part was how he got shot in Thailand and a few minutes later it didn’t matter; he was back to fully operational. He gets shot in the facility—doesn’t matter. He separates his shoulder—doesn’t matter. Perhaps each issue had a different author and they didn’t collaborate, but this is a stunning lack of continuity that has to cost when coming up with the rating. This really had a chance to be so much better. . .
Extras: sketchbook, digital layouts. Big credits.
Received an advance copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.