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People tend to have a love/hate relationship with most holidays. There will be people that breathe Christmas, and those that despise it. There will those that will do anything for Halloween, and the people that treat it like any other day. For Valentine’s Day, it tends to follow that people in relationships enjoy it, whereas those without a partner during this holiday see it as a mockery of their existence, as it seems like the whole world stops to point out the fact that they’re single.
At least, this seems to be how Jonesy feels about the holiday as it engulfs her school once again. An annual flower sale is on, enabling students to send a color coded flower to someone they’re already in a relationship with or someone they have a crush on. Our young protagonist despises this tradition, and repeatedly breaks the fourth wall to explain all the reasons why the day she is currently experiencing is the worst day ever.
As if the flowers weren’t bad enough, she has used her special powers with horrific effect, and she now needs to set things right. It seems that she hasn’t quite learned how to master the powers she discovered while watching anime a few days before. Her abilities enable her to make people fall in love, though as she learns the hard way, she cannot use them to make people fall in love with her.
Writer Sam Humphries crafts an interesting take on the Cupid legacy, as he puts this powerful ability at the feet of a self-aware, cynical teenager with a passion for ferrets, geek culture and so much more. While the issue starts with a cliched “my life sucks” rant, it does get better as it goes on and the reader gets quite enthralled with the events that take place. The art by Caitlin Rose Boyle does an excellent job at giving Jonesy character and visual personality. The panel structure is also a notable accomplishment for this issue, as Boyle and Humphries manage to convey a lot of emotion through clever usage of splash pages.
Overall, Jonesy #1 balances teenage angst with love scorn cynicism quite well. It presents us with a character that is engaging, and places her in a story that is quite interesting. The comic’s main plot about a young girl that has the powers of Cupid is a clever selling point, and the first issue executes this element well. The first third of the issue does struggle to remain captivating, but once the Cupid element gets introduced the issue never stops being entertaining.
JONESY #1 earns a strong 7 out of 10.