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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 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
Nov 16, 2008 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 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
Kathryn
Nov 26, 2009 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
May 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Andrew by: andrew.edwards91@gmail.com
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.
Dan
Oct 14, 2015 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.
Alysia Freshcoln
Sep 23, 2018 rated it liked it
This is... Very weird.
Jedhua
Jul 10, 2019 rated it liked it
ABSOLUTE RATING: {3+/5 stars}

STANDARDIZED RATING: <3/5 stars>
Mark Desrosiers
Oct 05, 2008 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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Adam
Apr 11, 2009 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 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.
47Time
Sep 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics-fiction
Michael Jones was an MI6 agent who was deemed unfit for the field becase of his drinking and dereliction of duty charges. He goes through the Desolation program, a traumatic experience that leaves him scarred.

He gets a mission to investigate colonel Nigh who had Hitler's home porn reels stolen from him. Yeah, it's like that. But why not make fun of Hitler? Jones also meets Nigh's older daughter who believes he was asked to find her runaway younger sister Paula. Jones' journey through the rough w
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Clay
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I wasn't sure what this was about beyond the cover blurbs, which weren't that helpful.

Seems like something close to plot elements from The Big Sleep. Elderly father, rebellious daughters in trouble, and an historical MacGuffin tying them to blackmail and several seedy types in Los Angeles. One twist for this book is that LA is the "home" (prison?) for expended secret agents that have been cast out of their respective agencies.

Jones, as well as two female compatriots that help along the way, wer
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Mark
Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it
This must be Ellis at peak miserable dirty old man. The pitch is Bond gets subjected to IPCRESS then put out to pasture as a diamond hard boiled detective in LA where all the other washed up spooks get dumped. There is a lot to like here, particularly the art work, but ultimately it's a bummer of a story that lives up to its name.
Ramon
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a real nice book; it's a shame the series didn't continue. Williams III did such great work here. Can't remember if this was his first post-Promethea work, but still... amazing stuff. It had such an interesting premise, too, with decommissioned spooks "trapped" in LA and Jones only doing jobs for the "community."
Robert Schulz
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
A little bit bloody and vulgar, but very well plotted and executed.
Paul
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There is nothing better than Warren Ellis damaged spook story to take your mind of the pain of a recent inury.
Raposa
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Meh. It's a bummer Ellis will begin those awesome original works and simply drop it.
Jason
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
I didn't much care for the story. It lost me. What bumps this up a bit for me was the art. I thought it was gorgeous.
J.G. Keely
Nov 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, spy, comics
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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Sunil
Jan 07, 2012 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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Javier Alaniz
Oct 02, 2011 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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Max
Dec 28, 2010 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
Shelly
Aug 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Still working my way through the stacks of GNs and comic book collections. I've had this sitting here for a few years and I suppose if I'd read it back then, it would've had more of a wow factor or impact on me. This is noir with a twist. Mike Jones was a British agent who was subjected to an experiment that left him a changed man. Now he's stuck in Los Angeles with a lot of other former spooks who can't leave, and doing the typical gumshoe work that you'd expect in a noir story, except investig ...more
Joe Young
Aug 12, 2009 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
Roybot
Jun 14, 2015 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 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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Keya
Jun 13, 2012 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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Jonathan Briggs
May 14, 2012 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
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