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Desolation Jones: Made in England (Desolation Jones #1-6)

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A former field agent for M16, Michael Jones was the first surviving victim of the Desolation Test, a radically dangerous procedure cooked up by the British government. Jones was intravenously kept alive while being force-fed a steady diet of horrific data and images non-stop as stimulants were continuously pumped into his body --- keeping him conscious and alert for a soli ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published October 4th 2006 by Wildstorm (first published 2005)
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Sam Quixote
Los Angeles, the city of angels, is full of ex-spooks. Former secret government agents who’ve done, and had done to them, terrible things and are now living out their early retirement years in LA - unable to leave. Jones is one such ex-spook, a survivor of the mysterious Desolation Project in England, who also freelances as a covert detective.

A wealthy old man contacts him to recover a precious item: a reel of secret home-made porn by Adolf Hitler himself, filmed in his bunker! But as Jones is
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John Huizar
Sep 04, 2007 John Huizar rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: mature comic fans
Quite possibly the best comic I've ever read, and massive props to Warren Ellis for writing it. The characters are interesting and varied, the artwork is excellent, the story is both very dark and very funny, and the dialogue is top-notch.

The premise is that the city of Los Angeles serves as a prison-without-walls for exiled members of the international intelligence community. Some of them have been experimented on by their governments, but the end result is almost invariably not enhancement, b
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Travis
Feb 05, 2009 Travis rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books, mystery
A film noir story on acid with a lot of porn references thrown in for good measure. Brilliant, dark, surreal and clever.

L.A. has been turned into the a sort of open prison/ retirement community for burned out spies and government test subjects where the test went wrong.

'Desolation' Jones is a mix of both and acts as a sort of trouble shooter/ investigator for the 'powers that be' that run the city.

His first case involves a retired General who has had something stolen from his special porn collec
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Julian
Apr 28, 2011 Julian rated it it was amazing
Now let's clear up some misconceptions. Yes, there is an awful lot of violence in this book. Our hero commits murders as if they were no more moving nor onerous than blowing his nose, and the only person for whom he seems to feel anything approaching a positive emotion is a woman who can make people throw up simply by being at them. And yes, there is a long, long, and very forcefully expressed, speech about what it's like being a porn actress, that leaves one with no illusions at all, and what o ...more
Dan
Oct 15, 2015 Dan rated it liked it
I wonder how many times the phrase "Hitler's Homemade Porn" was used in this trade? I remember reading it so many times, but seriously this wasn't too bad. Written by Warren Ellis about a man who was created to feel no pain, and used to work for the UK's Special mission squad.
Kathryn
Nov 26, 2009 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
AMAZING art. Panels that I just stared at and constantly flipped back to, especially the action scenes. So beautiful.

Loved the charaters. Jones reminds me of some of my favorite characters from Hellblazer, Fell, ... others with intense and strong male charaters, though Jones is probably the craziest I've read. He's a bad guy, no question about it. The reader feels sympathy for this bad man because other bad men have hurt him. That sympathy doesn't go away just because the reader discovers some
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Andrew
Oct 24, 2014 Andrew rated it really liked it
Recommended to Andrew by: andrew.edwards91@gmail.com
Shelves: comics-alt
This was a really solid Ellis outing. It's exactly what his fans demand from him. The narrative was unfortunately cut off as Ellis cancelled the series, so a lot of questions are left unanswered. We get a solid, serialized comic story but the big questions (that would have carried the series along as it went on) are obviously left alone.

Jones goes off in search of a piece of cinematic history for a client, but there's a lot more too the search than just the film.
Mark Desrosiers
Oct 05, 2008 Mark Desrosiers rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
After barely surviving the "Desolation" experiment (kept awake for an entire year whilst getting horribly tortured), the skeletal, beyond-grizzled former M16 operative Jones is trapped in L.A. with his Brit accent and Goth photophobia. Soon, he is involved in a mystery which is a total ripoff of (and homage to) The Big Sleep. Ha ha, get it? A year of sleep deprivation, and now this?

The cadged mystery is catalyzed by a McGuffin -- Hitler's homemade porn reel -- which is so over-the-top & awf
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Federiken Masters
Jan 06, 2012 Federiken Masters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No es lo mejor que le leí a Ellis ni a ganchos. pero sigue siendo un excelente "policial negro de ciencia ficción" y los dibujos de Williams elevan el-ya-de-por-sí-bueno-guion a la categoría de obra de arte. Me gusta todo, desde los diseños a los armados de página, los colores, las técnicas pictóricas aplicadas a varias escenas en particular. Y por el lado del argumento, quizás la parte detectivesca no es demasiado brillante de por sí, pero los diálogos y el laburo con los personajes (todos bast ...more
Adam
Apr 11, 2009 Adam rated it really liked it
Shelves: black-comedy
Chilling mix of noir, spy thriller, X-Files conspiracy, and scatological grotesquery with elements of The Big Sleep and Delillo’s Running Dog (Hitler porn…I wrote Hilter first which reminds of that Monty Python skit) that should appeal to fans of Ellis’s Fell series and Crooked Little Vein. The ending is unbelievably bleak.
Dana
Dec 12, 2008 Dana rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
This is a futuristic story of LA turned into a prison for those who had been experimented on, including our skeletal, incredibly damaged british ex secret agent hero. Warren Ellis continues to thrill me with his writing, even though the darkness is often overwhelming, he counters with great humor.
Roybot
Sep 09, 2015 Roybot rated it really liked it
Desolation Jones: Made in England is a cocktail mixing one part sunshine noir with two parts Warren Ellis gonzo-sauce. Jones, a former spook for the British MI6 turned biological experiment turned low security prisoner in LA (where all former secret service agents are put out to pasture), is tasked with tracking down the private pornography stash (Hitler's home movies) that were stolen from a retired general. Misunderstandings occur when one of the general's daughters thinks that Jones has been ...more
Lionel
Oct 09, 2011 Lionel rated it it was ok
Eisner nominated, hmm? I've enjoyed Ellis on several things (notably Planetary) and Williams as well (notably on Promethea), but I didn't particularly care for this collaboration.

Williams's art is certainly competent, but it lacks the innovative page design he displayed on Promethea and on his work with the Bat-franchise.

Ellis's story didn't really grab me in a big way either. The main plot of this first story arc reminded me a lot of a reworked version of Chandler's The Big Sleep, only seedier
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Jonathan Briggs
May 14, 2012 Jonathan Briggs rated it it was amazing
"James Bond never urinated on himself." That's all you need to say where Michael Jones is concerned. The formerly soused MI5 superspy works as a kind of private eye in a community/prison in El Lay populated by other castoffs from the world's intelligence communities. The dissipated and decaying shamus is hired by a former Army colonel who's even more diseased than Jones to track down a favorite video of Hitler's homemade porn. The case lands Jones in the middle of a seriously twisted domestic dr ...more
Addison
Dec 28, 2010 Addison rated it it was amazing
Strangely enough, this is probably the most I've enjoyed of any of Ellis's work so far. I haven't read all of Transmet or Planetary, so that's set to change, but still these six issues were great. It's a shame he probably won't write any more after 8(the final two issues I'm going to get, even if it just the first third of an arc). Of course, J.H. Williams art helped immensely, as does his art on any work he puts his pencil to. Done by a more 'standard' comic book artist I doubt I would have enj ...more
Javier Alaniz
Nov 18, 2011 Javier Alaniz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Warren Ellis wrote it.
JH Williams III did the art.

Desolation Jones is a former MI6 agent exiled to Los Angeles along with the rest of the world's decommissioned spooks. Hired as a Private Dick by the former spy community to hunt down one of their own, Jones sleuths through L.A. in the classic noir style of Raymond Chandler's "The Big Sleep". Despite the classic reference this tale is fully immersed in the modern version of the City of Angels: porn, drugs, and experimentation of all kinds. Most o
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Sunil
Jan 15, 2012 Sunil rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, 2010
Desolation Jones is described by Entertainment Weekly as "James Bond in Chinatown (among 700 other things)." I'm not sure I counted 700 other things, and Jones is only like James Bond in that he's a British spy, but...let me start over.

Michael Jones was MI6 until he drank himself into oblivion. Rather than be discharged, however, he signs up for the Desolation Test, which turns out to be a series of horrible medical experiments that leave him a totally fucked-up, emotionless freak. Also, he's ex
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Keya
Jun 27, 2012 Keya rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, favorites
Initially I had little interest in this book, but after completing it, I have to say I'm a fan. Despite my recent Warren Ellis fatigue I had a lot of fun with this. It did have two things that I love going for it though; It's a spy book and JH Williams III made the pretties. Put those two together and you have a book I can't pass up.

Granted, there isn't any espionage really but I still gobbled up the idea that LA is a dumping ground for old spies put out to pasture. If anything, reading about r
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J.G. Keely
Nov 10, 2010 J.G. Keely rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, reviewed, spy
Another self-centered, curmudgeonly asshole protagonist from Ellis, so why do I always find them so charming? Well, it's always good to write what you know. The albino thing seems to be a pattern, too: Elijah Snow, Jones, then Fell (at least on the covers). You can never escape the wrath of the Evil Albino.

Well-written, as usual, especially after suffering through the New Vegas one-shot. Then again, Ellis has a great artist behind him. Williams' characters are emotionally responsive, recognizabl
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Joe Young
Aug 12, 2009 Joe Young rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic, novel, warren, ellis
Desolation Jones the trade paperback collects the first six issues of the comic of the same title from writer Warren Ellis and artist J. H. WIlliams III. The book follows the adventures of Michael "Desolation" Jones, a former British intelligence agent exiled to Los Angeles--where all outcasts from the intelligence community are forced to live. While a British agent Jones was put through and survived the mysterious "Desolation Test", which left his body emaciated and scarred, his mind devoid of ...more
Greg Fisher
Jul 11, 2007 Greg Fisher rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I don't know what I expected from Warren Ellis -- This was a comic I heard so much about and yet knew nothing. But I really enjoy Ellis so I jumped at the chance to read this.

I don't want to spoil it but Desolation Jones is about a "retired" British secret agent in the near future, one who had been experimented on in order to create a super-agent. How? What was the result? This you learn gradually throughout the story arc. All the world's secret agents are "retired" to San Francisco, where they
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Yongyoon
Jan 19, 2015 Yongyoon rated it liked it
Very noir-esque with a twist coming a mile away. It's formulaic as is all forms of media in this genre (such as: Telltale Games Sam and Max, Max Payne, noir films). Desolation Jones differs in its presentation where the atmosphere isn't overplayed like in typical noir.

Key moments of cringeworthy dialogue that feel like something out of teen fanfiction happen enough times that it can't be ignored.
Lauri
Dec 28, 2014 Lauri rated it it was amazing
Hitleri kadunud snuff-pornofilm, räige piinamisega saavutatud erivõimetega agentide sunnitud pagendus L.A.'s, kari võikaid friike, üks haigem kui teine, tarantinolik vägivald ja dialoog - mis siin muud tahtagi kui kibedasti kahetseda et Desolation Jones ainult 6 osa pikkuseks jäigi - ilmselt massid ei suutnud sedavõrd teravat ampsu alla neelata ja ära seedida lihtsalt. Aplodeerin.
Ben
Apr 03, 2008 Ben rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Desolation Jones is about a former British spy dumped in a near future Los Angeles. The LA of the future has become a dumping ground for former spies and secret agents.

The basic story is pure noir--Jones is hired to find a missing MacGuffin, and the meat of the story is his interactions with the characters surrounding it.

Because it's Warren Ellis writing, the characters are all strange at best (that's probably being charitable). Jones himself is even more damaged than most noir heroes, having be
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Zan G
May 24, 2007 Zan G rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Warren Ellis fans
I would really prefer to give this 3.5 stars, it's a much better read than 3 but "love" is a strong word.
Ellis does good work and it's easy to see his earlier works shining through. The humor, characters and settings remind you of Transmet in a good way and the content is different enough to keep you from feeling like the man is a one-trick pony. Its a really great read and it has all kinds of cool spy characters and failed experiments in it. It suffers from what most series starts suffer from,
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Karen
Apr 09, 2010 Karen rated it liked it
Recommended to Karen by: Searching for A Drifting Life at the Seattle Public Library
Desolation Jones as a character isn't as sympathetic or funny as Spider Jerusalem, so overall this was a tougher read, but I loved one sequence-- A woman is sitting in a cafe casually talking to Jones about how she and other women got into the porn industry and what it's like. The panels march along for several pages without getting fancy. They're all evenly drawn tall rectangular close-ups. We see the woman transformed in many of the panels (through Jones' eyes) into various images of the type ...more
Cliff Etters
Feb 17, 2010 Cliff Etters rated it it was amazing
I'm a huge Warren Ellis fan. I may not love everything he writes, but even his average stuff is lightyears beyond everyone else and he pushes crazy, bleeding edge concepts as well as takes a look at the comics medium and context and regularly deconstructs it.

With it's palette of warm oranges, yellows, reds, and browns, contrasted by chilling blacks and bluesDesolation Jones is a beacon of cool. Set in the noir capital of the world (Los Angeles, ya bastiches), it's a hard-boiled dive into the see
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zxvasdf
Mar 24, 2011 zxvasdf rated it it was amazing
Warren Ellis has been on the cutting edge of comics in terms of dialogue and sheer inventiveness. Desolation Jones doesn't disappoint. A whodunit, a modern day spy gumshoe beat, Jones claims to be a unfeeling sonofabitch, a product of a British super spy program experimentation, but as you read on you find evidence to dispute this claim. Then you find evidence to dispute your original evidence, then it's a hard tell as to whether Jones is really human inside. AT the end, you do find out...

I like
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Sean Goh
Dec 07, 2014 Sean Goh rated it really liked it
I am sad that it didn't get past the 2nd arc ):

Deep, gritty and pulls no punches with the violence.

"Because if you spend that long saying you don't care, one day you actually won't. You're not fine on your own."
Genevieve Heinrich
Jan 24, 2015 Genevieve Heinrich rated it really liked it
Delicious. I love how ugly Warren Ellis gets. I wish there had been more... something. I don't know what. More backstory, maybe? Regardless, I loved the ideas, & Ellis' writing never disappoints.
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