REVIEW: JONESY #1
Written by Sam Humphries
Illustrated by Caitlin Rose Boyle
Colors by Mickey Quinn
Letters by Corey Breen
Published by BOOM! Box
Release Date: 02/10/2016
Out this week is the new all-ages title from BOOM! Box, JONESY #1 from Sam Humphries (Legendary Star Lord) and Caitlin Rose Boyle (Buck n’ Lou & the Night Crew). The imprint of BOOM! Studios who has already put out such hits as Lumberjanes and Giant Days, now brings us a title I can only describe as the perfect comic for the contemporary social media teenage demographic.
So who is Jonesy? Imagine an emo, angst ridden teenage Dora the Explorer, with the personality and sass of Angelica Pickles from Rugrats. Not sure how accurate that description may be, but that’s what crossed my mind as I read through this first issue. Oh and it’s the worst day ever of course and a special thanks to the writers for reminding me of the upcoming hallmark holiday.
The plot in this debut issue centers around Valentine’s Day and the charity event the local high school puts on by selling flowers that the students can purchase for fellow classmates. Funny how the color of the carnation one might receive can have a much more underlining meaning, for better or worse. That’s really what makes Jonesy so smart and so irresistible, the way Humphries and Boyle remind us of those days when we had it so made, while at the same time had the weight of the world on our adolescent shoulders. Jonesy is about friendship, family, and a not so normal teenager who has a secret power with a heart-shaped twist. I don’t want to spoil too much, but just know that there is so much more going on in this first issue and I had a blast reading this book.
I have to say from an artistic perspective, the way Boyle portrays the characters as these unorthodox inflated people made this a visual joy. Her cartoonish art style works really well with the mix of colors that Quinn lays out. Humphries delivers an impressive first issue with a story that will certainly shoot an arrow through reader’s hearts.
REVIEW: JONESY #1
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)