Friday, August 19, 2005

PIMP MY ELLIS

Or a review of Jack Cross #1.

After years of obscure Wildstorm miniseries and "House-style" Marvel series, we get blessed with 3 new ongoing Warren Ellis series in just 4 months.
Jack Cross is the second of such series (the first being Wildstorms Desolation Jones, you know, the one with Hitlers homemade porn), drawn by Gary Erskine (The Filth, City of Silence).

Jack Cross is not a hero, he is a freelancer for the US government who knows how the (ironically named) intelligence agencies work - or fail to. He also seems to be trained in interrogation and can recognise when someone has been trained to resist, he notices the little things, the details.
Kind of a bad-ass Columbo, dressed to blend into a Reservoir Dog landscape, mixed in with a little bit of Crying Freeman.

As with most Ellis books, the joy is in the reading, and this series isn't as easily summarised as Transmetropolitan or Authority. This book has the potential to subtlely build towards something great, like Planetary.
Or it could just be loud mouth and obnoxious, its too early to tell. All I know is I will be there following it.

Jack Cross #1 goes on sale next Wednesday in the US, and the day after in the UK, and is priced $2.50 (around £2).

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