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.