Review: Jonesy #1
Were you an angry little punk kid in high school who watched too much anime, hated nearly everything, and could make people fall in love with anything?
Okay, if you said yes to the first three things, the new BOOM! Studios’ BOOM! Box imprint limited series Jonesy by Sam Humphries, Caitlin Rose Boyle, and Mickey Quinn is probably right up your alley.
The first issue follows around our titular heroine on the worst day ever. That’s right, Valentine’s Day. Ugh. Even worse is when popular girl Susan makes fun of Jonesy for receiving a white carnation instead of pink one in the school’s Valentine’s Day carnation exchange. After she remembers some helpful advice from her abuelita, Jonesy decides not to get mad, but to get even.
Probably one of the most refreshing things about Jonesy as a series, besides the gorgeous and fun art from Boyle and Quinn that finds itself somewhere between Junko Mizuno and Bryan Lee O’Malley, is just how relatable it is. While Jonesy herself may be a teenager in our more modern era, she’s still a weird kid who struggles with her peers. She has this simultaneous need of wanting to be accepted by them, but to not want to be a part of them either. Anyone who has ever been the outsider in high school will feel that at a deep level.
At the same time, I love seeing just how Jonesy’s flawed teenager logic works. She’s excited when her powers backfire and end up making everyone in school fall in love with Susan, but she regrets it and reverses it when she realizes the flowers were benefitting a ferret rescue. You can argue that this isn’t the right thing to do because it absolutely isn’t, but the book doesn’t try to hide it either. Jonesy is a terrible teenager like we all were, and that’s part of what makes her so enjoyable. Humphries does a great job of striking that balance between “trashy teenager” and “extremely likable character” without making her actions seem acceptable. Funny, yes, but not acceptable.
Of course, even more worrisome is that right after she makes up with Susan, she decides that she’ll be the one to teach her school about love. Oh Jonesy.
Story: Sam Humphries Art: Caitlin Rose Boyle and Mickey Quinn
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy
BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review