Sin­ergy

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Comics -

Jessy The De­mon Layer

Re­lease Date: OUT NOW!

Pub­lisher: Im­age Writ­ers/ artists: Michael Avon Oem­ing and Taki Soma

2014 was a

great year for fe­male- fronted comic books. From the pro­gres­sive re­launches of es­tab­lished ti­tles such as Ms Marvel and She- Hulk, to fan­tas­tic new indie se­ries such as Cop­per­head and Wicked + The Di­vine, last year was strong for the 51% of the pop­u­la­tion who haven’t tra­di­tion­ally been par­tic­u­larly well- rep­re­sented in the in­dus­try.

All of which makes Sin­ergy, launched to­wards the end of 2014, feel like a bit of a throw­back. Os­ten­si­bly it’s got a strong fe­male lead, but she’s so de­pen­dent on/ re­ac­tive to the men in her life, she doesn’t feel es­pe­cially as­pi­ra­tional, or very in­ter­est­ing.

It’s a shame. The comic has a great high- con­cept ( es­pe­cially if you’ve seen the Buffy sea­son two episodes “Sur­prise” and “In­no­cence”). Our lead Jess loses her vir­gin­ity to a boy, then im­me­di­ately af­ter­wards dis­cov­ers that he’s a de­mon. Sex causes Jess to gain the pow­ers of a “seer”, a se­lect group who can see mon­sters in dis­guise. She dis­cov­ers her fa­ther is one too, and he wants her to join the fam­ily busi­ness – killing mon­sters.

It’s early days for Sin­ergy, so the con­tent may still catch up to the con­cept. But in the first few is­sues Jess spends too much time be­ing told what to do by her dad, or mop­ing around over her exboyfriend, and not enough de­vel­op­ing her own iden­tity.

With an­i­mated se­ries- style art and some fun de­tails, Sin­ergy is worth a pull. Let’s hope in 2015 Jess finds her own voice. Sam Ashurst

“Cripes”: a good word.

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