GLX reviews Who is Jake Ellis? #3.
Writer - Nathan Edmondson
Artist - Tonci Zonjic
"Trust the plan. Now move. We've got a train to catch."
Ever since issue #1 dropped, Who is Jake Ellis? has been one of favorite reads of the year. Nathan Edmonson and Tonci Zonjic have worked their magic on the first two issues and issue #3 is no exception.
There's the tough main character with a mysterious past, a powerful and mysterious group that is going after the main character, and a figure that may or may not be real. In the hands of other writers, Who is Jake Ellis? would be a tale that aims for "good enough" and doesn't even try to be something more. Edmondson makes it work with Jon Moore and Jake Ellis' relationship taking center stage. The dynamics of their relationship are plausible, while leaving room for other interest elements to enter the mix. Their conversations and their reactions to the comic's events make for an entertaining read. They're complimented with a smooth and engaging plot that keeps things interesting.
Zonjic delivers the goods again, on the art side of things. The body language, the composition and the look of the characters just feel right. What really blew me away about his art is the coloring. He compliments each scene with appropriate colors that never fail to stand out. The train scene in Madrid is a good example. Zonjic use of red against muted colors really makes the scene stand out. The club scene is the artistic highlight of the comic. He uses a minimal color palette that shifts at certain points in the scene. It makes the club feel alive and vibrant without sacrificing clarity.
Simply put, Who is Jake Ellis? #3 is a beast. It's a refreshing work that's one of the best on the market. Edmondson and Zonjic are bringing their A game here. Cop on sight.
8.2* out of 10*
Written or Contributed by: GLX
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About the Author - GLX
For years, GLX has been writing on-and-off for The Outhousers covering comics, video games and comics - among other things. He currently resides in The South. Yes, that's capitalized, and, no, that doesn't mean it's a place full of sunshine and butterflies.
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