**WARNING — POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD!**
I shouldn’t like this graphic novel. The very idea of it just seems wrong somehow, and even the art is barely a step above stick figures, but I DO like this book. I reviewed Vol.1 not too long back (read that review here). What I wrote about the style of the art and why it works, still holds true here.
To catch you up on the basic story…
Jimmy kills himself. Then wakes up. Then kills himself again. Then wakes up again. Jimmy (and the reader) finally discover that when Jimmy kills himself, his ‘soul’ or ‘essence’ or whatever you want to call it, transfers into the nearest human. Everyone else sees the original person that Jimmy is inhabiting, while Jimmy only sees himself. At the end of Vol 1, someone from a government agency is on to Jimmy and appears to have an understanding of what is happening.
In Vol 2, the story picks up with the government agent concocting a plan to catch Jimmy. The plan goes awry several times, but finally Jimmy is captured and the government wants to use Jimmy’s powers. It is most likely that he is a product of a government experiment gone wrong.
While Jimmy isn’t keen on helping the government, they have one ace in the hole … Jimmy’s daughter (who is also the product of a Demon possession).
This story moves along very quickly and I did feel that the attempts to capture Jimmy seemed to be a little repetitive (perhaps we could have done without one particular comic issue). But ultimately I really liked the new information that we get about Jimmy and the story just gets more and more intriguing. This is definitely a book that I want to keep following and if you enjoy graphic novels, don’t judge it based on a quick thumbing through at the bookstore…buy it and read it. I think you’ll find it worth while.
Looking for a good book? Demon, Volume 2 by Jason Shiga is a strange, dark, but very original graphic novel that should be enjoyed by fans of the graphic novel and horror genres.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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Demon Volume 2
author: Jason Shiga
artist: Jason Shiga
publisher: First Second
paperback, 224 pages