Comic Books for Teens: JONESY by Sam Humphries and Caitlin Rose Boyle
On December 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

Okay, so we know we’ve written about this comic before. We just simply CANNOT get over how much we love Jonesy! So, here goes nothing!

Sincerity and sarcasm don’t really go together. At least they don’t seem to. But, because vulnerability breeds sincerity and sarcasm in equal measure, being a teenager often involves embracing both in turns. It is the pairing of sarcasm and sincerity that makes BOOM! Box’s new comic Jonesy such a perfect comic book for teens.

The brainchild of Sam Humphries (Legendary Star Lord, Citizen Jack) and Caitlin Rose Boyle (Buck n’ Lou & the Night Crew), Jonesy features a fierce and ferret-loving teenager with a secret power. She can make people fall in love, with anyone or anything! Pairing an aggressively anti-social teenager with this specific ability is an absolute stroke of genius. Jonesy brings an absurd assertiveness (reminiscent of Bill Eichner) to her emotions. Her cynical and often dismissive take on anything other than ferrets, manga, and her crush perfectly parodies teenage angst. And yet, it’s completely relatable. So, it’s incredibly satisfying when we get to see Jonesy use her secret power to act on those emotions in extreme ways.

Of course, her plays at cupid inevitably steer off course and she must ultimately confront the unattended consequences. When she does, she does so with an unassuming and equally aggressive sincerity. Humphries and Boyle strike a perfect balance between poking fun at the intensity of emotion that hallmarks teenage years (and often creeps into adulthood) and creating a sympathetic and appealing character. Between the brilliant writing and the gorgeous artwork Jonesy is a must read for all teens and for all of us whose emotions tend to run a bit extreme.

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