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Who is Jake Ellis? (...Jake Ellis? #1)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  451 ratings  ·  58 reviews
The multiple-sellout mini-series Newsarama calls "a modern noir package that is not to be missed" and MTV "couldn''t put down " Jon Moore is a mercenary spy on the run, protected only by Jake Ellis, a man invisible to everyone except Jon. Collects Who Is Jake Ellis? #1-5.
Paperback, 136 pages
Published November 15th 2011 by Image Comics (first published November 8th 2011)
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Jeff
Aug 26, 2014 Jeff rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: comix
The Voices Inside My Head: Part II

Jon Moore, former CIA analyst, has someone living inside his head. His name is Jake Ellis. Jake helps Jon out of tight situations. He can spot the bad guys before Jon does. He can tell him what’s behind closed doors. He guides him past security cameras. The voices inside my head are only good for telling me that I’m divine, warning me that everyone’s out to get me and letting me know when it’s okay to wear my orange swim dress.

How did Jake happen to end up in J
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Sesana
This is a solid espionage thriller, with one big twist: the voice that directs Jon on his missions doesn't come from an earpiece, but from inside his own head. Since escaping from the mysterious Facility, Jon has been sharing his head with Jake Ellis, and Jake has been the brains of their operation. And now, it's time to face the Facility.

This is a really absorbing read, with great action and plenty of mystery. At the end of the book, there's still lots of questions left unanswered, and a sense
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Gavin
OK see, THIS, I like. I'm not sure what it's in the vein of, but it's kinda spy/thriller/Memento/Bourne.

Jon Moore is a CIA-op, Jake Ellis is his partner. However...Jake's not really there...or is he? All Jon knows is that Jake can help get him out of just about any jam and has all kinds of senses before things happen (pretty handy in a wingman.)

Who is Jon really? Who is Jake really? Where/What is the Facility? Is this happening for real?

I don't want to go much more into it than that, but Ya. Coo
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Joseph Rice
What an excellent, fast paced series. Great thriller.
Mike
Argh! I recently read the Who Is Jake Ellis? series and I’m completely torn on how to rate it. In fact, I’m going to forgo my standard pros/cons list and just go with a gut check.

There’s nothing necessarily “bad” about this comic series. It’s a genuinely fun spy/mystery story that plays out like a really good movie (complete with some clever twists and interesting dialogue). At the same time though, I can’t help but wonder if it’ll stand the test of time. In 3 years, will people remember it? Wi
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Kurt
Dec 09, 2012 Kurt rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kurt by: Matt
A lot of people have imaginary friends. Even, it seems, spies. In this case, Jon Moore, our protagonist, seems untouchable, always one step ahead of the bad guys, and he owes it all to the voice in his head: Jake Ellis, who guides Jon and knows a lot of stuff to the point of maybe being psychic but needs Jon's help to figure out who he is. This, in practice, makes for a lot of staccato dialogue during action sequences ("Run to the left! Duck! Pick that guy's pocket! Two minutes until the police ...more
Joe Young
Nathan Edmondson - writer
Tonci Zonjic - illustrator

Jon Moore is a mercenary spy on the run. With the C.I.A., former clients he's betrayed, and a mysterious shadow organization all hot on his trail, it's a good thing Jon has a secret weapon - Jake Ellis, a mysterious, protective figure invisible to everyone but Jon. As the net closes around Jon he is forced to question everything about himself. Who is Jake Ellis and why can only Jon see him? Is Jake a figment of his imagination? But if that's the
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Cale
Now this is a novel spy/thriller graphic novel. The lead, Jon Moore, is an agent with a conscience. Or at least a voice (and image) in his head that is very useful for surviving unpleasant situations. Who it is, and why it is there, and what both of them want to do about it, is what makes up the story, and it reads very well. A little predictable, but in such a novel situation, it's good to have some familiar tropes to grasp. The art is well done - recognizable without going for an excess of det ...more
Mayur
This comic series is perfect for someone who like spy thrillers. I blazed through all 5 editions in one sitting and can't wait for more issues to come out.
Rose
Apr 10, 2012 Rose rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Comic lovers who enjoy thriller/suspense spy stories
Recommended to Rose by: NetGalley, Image Comics
"Who Is Jake Ellis?" is a five issue comic combined in this single volume, about a rogue agent on the run from authorities who subjected him to experimental treatments. Jon Moore has been on the run for four years, living incognito alongside an odd presence that exists in his consciousness - a man named Jake Ellis. Jake knows his way around combat and defense, and aims to protect Jon from harm by using his knowledge to warn Jon of danger before its strikes.

When Jon's suddenly approached by agen
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Andy Shuping
copy provided by NetGalley

Jon is meeting with a group of...let’s call them gangsters shall we? when things seem to be going to hell. Any normal person would have fallen to a gunshot or to flames, but Jon isn’t normal. He can see and talk to Jake Ellis. A mysterious entity that only he can see, but who provides up-to-date information and warns Jon when things are about to happen. But who is Jake Ellis? And how come only Jon can see him? That’s what both of them are trying to figure out, as they a
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Arnie Shunneson
This is a book you will read in one day. Very fun graphic novel with an original premise. Generally this would not be my go to type of comic to read but within a few pages I could tell it was going to be good and it was. Very fun and very good. Art was perfect for this type of story. One of the great things about the book is the Hero ask the same questions and reacts the same way that the reader would in this situation. " Who is Jake Ellis? " is great stuff.
Jimmy Brown
Great action-thriller from Nathan Edmondson that is in turns exciting and intriguing with fantastic art by Tonči Zonjić. The talented Croatian artist draws everything clearly and makes the action sequences jump out of the page. The story drags ever so slightly and if reading this in a five issue monthly basis, I can see that may be a problem for some. Reading it in one go, though and such minor quibbles can be forgiven.
Angel
Wow! I picked this up, and I could not put it down. Jon Moore is a simple man, a CIA analyst who becomes a dark ops operative. How does he do it? He has a friend who is a real agent man helping him along the way called Jake Ellis. There is just one little detail: only Jon can see Jake, so who is Jake Ellis? That is part of the mystery in this series. In this installment, Jake gets Jon to come out into the open to go back to a place called the Facility, where apparently Jake and him were experime ...more
Bookstorequeer
I very much enjoyed this one! The mystery is well-written and really kept me going. The colouring was also fascinating to look at, especially how they alternated colours while in different settings (having a red wash every other panel to show the flashing of an alarm). It was visually interesting and also intellectually gripping.

I felt like I was coming midway into a story but except for the very first scene shift (which threw me off completely), it all made sense and I felt like I was figuring
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Adam Connell
Jake Ellis is a great Graphic Novel, not to be missed.

Most Graphic Novels, days and days after you’ve read them, they make less and less sense. Not so with “Who Is Jake Ellis?” This GN makes more and more sense.

Nathan Edmondson’s writing is fun and precise, tough when it needs to be, and always original.

Tonci Zonjic’s artwork is beautiful, spare, evocative. He has a way with light and shadow that borders on the magical. He tells the story with as few lines and as little detail as possible, and t
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Jan
Sep 23, 2014 Jan rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: image, noir
Stylish in a very controlled and cold way, but underdeveloped, generic, clichéd, and ultimately forgettable. Think Jacob's Ladder or Bourne Identity, just not as good.
John Clark
Excellent! Very fresh, new, unlike any spy book I've read and that's a good thing. Can't wait for the movie!
andrew
"put all these tropes on top of each other! call it noir! everyone will love it!"
not really
Jay Dubs
Really great! Strong form start to finish. Lots of action and intrigue.
Brion Salazar
Just picked this up yesterday and sped though it today. I enjoyed the mystery behind the title and it hurried me through the story as I tried to figure it out. The ending was a little surprising, but also a touch underwhelming. Still a good read. Worth the cost for the artwork alone. Tonci Zonjic's (or To-Zo) linework is stunning in it's simplicity. I was amazed at how much character he derives in a face with just a few lines. Overall a good read and a book that I will go back over in detail so ...more
Anthony
Good thriller
Dan
Nathan Edmondson is fast becoming my favourite comics writer. His plots are great, his stories are pure genre, and yet his writing is clear and literary. Tonci Zonjic's art reminds me of the Anton Corbijn directed THE AMERICAN with George Clooney. Who is Jake Ellis?, then - the first graphic novel that totally and consistently gripped me, and the first book that truly helped me get what what comics are or, rather, what comics can be.
Magic Mike
The artwork is cool looking and the story moves very quickly, but I'm not sure how interested I am in answering the titular question. Without really knowing much about any of the characters I can't really care too much about them either. Finding out more about them really isn't too high on my list of things to do either. It's a well made comic for sure, but the story just doesn't really capture my attention.
Sean
May 14, 2013 Sean rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Spy/mystery lovers!
There's nothing like a good mystery. Here, the reader and the main characters, are trying to figure out the mystery at the same time. By the books end we do get some answers but the door is definitely left open for more resolution. The art was a bit rough at times but fits the action. The story could have been fleshed out more but the book was very good.
Maurice Carlos Ruffin
This graphic novel gets all the basics right. The set up is intriguing. The art work is gorgeous. However, the big ideas about identity and privacy are a bit undercooked, and there's a surprising lack of humor in a story where there's plenty of room for it.

Worth taking 30 minutes or so to read? Yes.
But only if you don't have a better book nearby.
Mike Lewis
My first though after finishing this book was that I should start reading it again. It was easy to read, clever and held my interest very well. It provides a pretty good cliffhanger at the end. I didn't really like the art style - I found it a bit basic for my tastes. But still, I would totally pick up the next ones when they come out.
Caroline
This is a great looking book and the espionage/intrigue/sci-fi premise grabbed me right off. I felt like it was a little light on content -- perhaps of necessity if they only had a 5 issue series to start with, though I still felt like the creators picked style over substance. I'm interested enough to seek out the next volume.
Jeff
An intriguing concept, but not I wasn't able to get into it -- something about the pacing seemed off, and was distracting too much from the characters and plot.
Steven Pattison
Former cia agent Jon Moore is on the run and searching for answers from the unnamed agency who tortured him and he gets help by a ghost Jake Ellis who only Jon can see - a fairly conventional story but the artwork was good and the narrative moved so fast its hard not to enjoy reading books like this one.
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