Obscurity of DC Presents: Ultra-bscure Book Club, Week 27 (June 18-June 24) — DESOLATION JONES!

Welcome, @ObscurityofDCClub and other members of the DC Community! Welcome to Obscurity of DC’s twenty-seventh Ultr-Obscure Book Club! This week, we’ll be focusing on…


Number of Books: 1

Description from dc.com: Michael Jones was a British spy who’d seen better days — but things took a turn for the worse once he fell into the Desolation Project’s hands. Now he’s the preeminent detective for an elite clientele — the underground community of ex-spooks in gritty L.A.

Now that that’s over with, here are some discussion questions:

  1. Michael Jones is a flawed and complex protagonist, making him more relatable and engaging. What aspects of his character do you find the most compelling? How does he differ from traditional detective protagonists?
  2. The dystopian version of Los Angeles portrayed in “Desolation Jones” is a bleak and gritty setting that adds depth to the story. Do you think this depiction effectively enhances the narrative, or does it feel overly grim and pessimistic? Explain.
  3. The inclusion of conspiracy theories and secret organizations in “Desolation Jones” adds an intriguing layer of mystery and suspense. Do you find this aspect of the story compelling, or does it become convoluted and confusing at times? Explain.
  4. The portrayal of trauma and the effects of burnout on Michael Jones’s mental health is a powerful and realistic aspect of the series. How effectively do you think this theme is explored, and does it contribute to a deeper understanding of the character? Explain.
  5. “Desolation Jones” stands as a prime example of Warren Ellis’s mastery of blending genres. How well do you think the series balances elements of noir, science fiction, and the occult? Do you find the genre fusion successful, or does it feel forced? Explain.

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Good pick, as this is a fine WildStorm read and then some, especially if one should have a smooch of Powerman 5000 playing while they read.