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DESOLATION JONES

Philip K. Dick infamously wrote letters to the spy agencies that he assumed were keeping tabs on him detailing the illegal activities of his friends, which he taped to the underside of his trash can left on the road because that was the most obvious place that they would look. For years, Dick had these one-way conversations with fictitious investigative agencies, including the intelligence community in his life everyday, fictitiously surrounding himself with spies and spooks from all over the world.

Enter Warren Ellis, realizing Dick’s nightmare of an intelligence community in Los Angeles, creating a sub-community of exiled spies forced to live in L.A. or be executed on their own native soil. So DESOLATION JONES’ world sits in a Los Angeles chock full of former FBI, Mi-6, CIA, KGB and uglier things, all forced to live and maintain day jobs, scattered across LA’s grotesque underbelly.

Michael Jones, neither accomplished agent nor good detective, is former MI6 who got drunk and shamed the organization. In retribution, they donated his body to science, giving him the Desolation treatment – a psychological experiment that kept Jones awake for a year and left him branded a biological hazard – and then sent him to die in L.A.. In exile, Jones is a social and emotional cripple, working as a Private Investigator who only takes spook community jobs, making sure he’s only even in contact with the community. The reason? He hates the community for what was done to him and they’re the only ones he can take it out on. His instincts are so harsh and warped that he has to convince himself to NOT kill.

So when he comes into jobs to search for the personal pornographic film shot by and starring Adolf Hitler, Jones a warped and demented forced of nature unleashed into the job, a poisonous outsider to L.A. and a tired killer to the community that supports him.

To bring the Desolation world to life is the inimitable J.H. Williams III, whose stunning colours, composition, angles and page layouts make DESOLATION JONES aesthetically vibrant. The story flows from reality to drug-induced hallucination to ultra-violence with masterful dexterity. His page layouts shift dramatically to keep the reader interested and guessing with widescreen presentation and monochrome, fluid fight sequences that’ll take out your eye.

For Philip K. Dick the “Empire Never Ended,” which reflects DESOLATION JONES’ reality. The Empire of Spies and Spooks doesn’t end, they just had to get day jobs. And for Jones, there’s no redemption. They broke, burned and scratched their markings into his arms. Unable to even drink himself to death, Jones has nothing but to work until he can’t even keep that together anymore. To die or to live and die in L.A.

– Timothy Legion

— Timothy Legion is not presently read, looked to or admired. He created a newspaper (pamphlet) at his University that is fondly remembered by six people. He has not won any awards or been considered for nominations. He is wrist-deep in the Third Year of his self-imposed GLORIOUS FIVE YEAR PLAN.

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Written by thesilentmajoritysays

March 5, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Casanova vol 1

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Casanova vol 1 – Luxuria

The central idea of the Image Comic’s Slim-Line format is sixteen pages of comics and six pages of back-matter to allow for crisp, shorter stories with accessible singles – each of which fit into a larger storyline, but can be read individually and enjoyed. The perfect three minute pop singles for $1.99. One of two books to come out of the Image Slim-Line format (alongside FELL), CASANOVA is a semi-automatic machine pop-gun stuffed from barrel to bullet with spies, babes, a healthy dose of the ultra violence and half a century of pop culture. Even with a reduced page count, Matt Fraction crammed more material than a book twice its size into its pages, making it the thinnest thick comic on the stands. The sheer volume of information being presented wrapped masterfully by the superb Gabriel Bá (seconds before he became THE Gabriel Bá), shooting us like a rocket through the world of CASANOVA.

Casanova Quinn (thief, super-spy and all around prick fond of jumping out of space-ships with guns blazing) is stolen from his parallel dimension by Newman Xeno (bandages, bad attitude, double plus super villain) of W.A.S.T.E., replacing now-deceased Casanova Quinn (thief, super-spy, boyscout for E.M.P.I.R.E.) from Xeno’s dimension/timeline, effectively making Cass his own Evil Twin. The mission: Casanova is sent on assignments by E.M.P.I.R.E.. Xeno gives him counter-directives to disrupt their mission and further his own agenda. Cass must balance both objectives as fucking up in one-direction results in torturous death and the other way, also torturous death. All this and sex-robots, a three faced-psychic floating monk head and funerals.

Lost?

Good. CASANOVA isn’t the kind of book you read once. It’s the kind of book you read twice. And then you put it down, walk away and try to tell someone about it. Then after ten minutes, you’ve got 1-6 people looking absently at you, wondering if YOU even know what you’re talking about. Shamed, you go home and read it again and think: “Oh yeah, Super Model Death Squads.”

CASANOVA will make you want to throw away your Television. Your favourite shows don’t present as much information and anarchic glee as musically as Fraction and Bá have stuffed into sixteen pages of CASANOVA.

And what of Casanova? He steals stuff and fucks people up for money. With style and grace and his psychic spiders.

(Right, there are also psychic spiders. And escape artist Bodhisattvas. And…)

Timothy Legion

Timothy Legion is not presently read, looked to or admired. He created a newspaper (pamphlet) at his University that is fondly remembered by six people. He has not won any awards or been considered for nominations. He is wrist-deep in the Third Year of his self-imposed GLORIOUS FIVE YEAR PLAN.

Written by thesilentmajoritysays

March 1, 2009 at 12:00 PM

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