“Where is Jake Ellis” follows a newly shaven Jon Moore, ex CIA agent, who is being hunted through the urban streets of Bangkok, where anything that is connected to technology can reveal his hidden whereabouts. It’s incredibly apparent that the same people that have been hunting him still have not achieved their goal from the first series, which was also written by Nathan Edmondson and penciled by Tonci Zonjic.
A recap of the story is available in the first two teaser pages of the comic, but sadly, it could appear extremely convoluted to new readers of the series. In short, Jake Ellis and Jon Moore were both experimented on in a lab facility in Morocco, in a project related to remote viewing. The experiment gives a field agent an on-site visual tactical advantage through the eyes of a comatose captive. Jon Moore (field agent) flees the facility and eventually returns for Jake Ellis (the comatose) whose origin still remains unknown. Ok, you’re up to speed now, congrats.
The first issue is definitely a heart pumping thriller that never takes the time to elaborate as to what is actually occurring, it’s widely entertaining but doesn’t seem to add many more morsels to a plot that is already well established. That being said, the fiction behind such said black ops experiments will render you enthralled by how far a government will go for the sake of its protection.
Tonci Zonjic does seamlessly makes the frames of the comic appear phonetic to the dialogue that is being exchanged, a style that isn’t flashy or extremely artsy, but is clean enough and colored brightly to make the reader focus more upon the story rather than the art.
“Where is Jake Ellis” bears the omnipresence of a controlled society of “Eagle Eye”, and the constant action and uncertainty of “Bourne” series, with a splash of “Cast Away” that is certain to wind readers as well as force them to speed read through the issue. These may appear to be demeaning traits, but they are far from that.
4 out of 5