Pullbox Reviews: Jonesy #1 Real Live High School Life

Jonesy #1 (of 4)

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Writer: Sam Humphries
Artist: Caitlin Rose Boyle
Colors: Mickey Quinn
Letters: Corey Breen

Publisher: Boom Studios (Boom! BOX imprint)

On Sale: February 10, 2016

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Jonesy is a comic about love that makes us swoon! Sam Humphries (Legendary Star Lord, Citizen Jack) and fresh talent Caitlin Rose Boyle (Buck n’ Lou & the Night Crew) bring something special to BOOM! Box with this series about mad-cap shenanigans, friendship, pals, being a teenager, and figuring out who you are…with a teen cupid twist! If you like Giant Days, dig adorkable romance stories, or just want to smile from ear to ear after reading a comic, you’ll fall in love with Jonesy!

Jonesy is having the worst day ever. Remember Valentine’s Carnation Day at school? Never a red or pink (for the one you were “going with” or for your crush) for either me or Jonesy – always white. Or none. She tries to hypnotize someone to make him love her, but he doesn’t. Mention Susan, however and they clean out the table getting flowers for Susan. That’s her superpower – she can make anyone fall in love with anyone or anything, except for herself.

Humphries knows the angst of the high school world and reading this was like going through the notes I used to write to the boy I liked in 8th grade. All Jonesy can think about is how outside and alone she is from everyone, and how nobody likes her except Farid (and he doesn’t count because they’re neighbors). The dialogue took me right back to my years as a teen, where the kids are just SO MEAN to each other, but in the best and worst ways.

Boyle’s art goes along so well with this story line. The kids aren’t from an Archie comic – they’re all shapes and sizes and colors, with pink and brown and blonde and blue hair, with three piercings and layers of clothes. Not everyone is pretty, and that’s more indicative of highschool than anything. Quinn’s colors are bright and fun, just like a walk through any high school hallway.

This book is definitely in the tween-to-adult interest reading. It’s full of things to make us all smile, and there’s the added joy for adults that we will never be this age again. Reading more of a story that is likely to be as random as a schoolgirl’s thoughts on any given day is going to be an adventure that you won’t want to miss.

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