Demon: Volume 2: The (extremely violent) mystery continues…

Demon: Volume 2 by Jason ShigaDemon: Volume 2 by Jason ShigaDemon: Volume 2 by Jason Shiga

In the second volume of Jason Shiga‘s Demon, we find Jimmy Yee pondering his options.

As he found out in the previous book, he’s a demon who possesses the body of the closest physical person to him every time he takes his own life.

Across the course of that story he experimented with the limits of his power and is now close to mastering the logistics of his macabre gift.

 

 

Unfortunately (at least from his point-of-view), you can’t leave behind a trail of bodies without attracting attention.

Agent Hunter leads a special military taskforce that knows what he can do and how to counteract it. His mission is to recruit Jimmy to the American government by any means necessary.

But in a surprise twist, the nihilistic actuary finds another reason to live, and any offer Hunter can make him becomes secondary to securing his freedom. So it becomes a battle of wits between them: Hunter’s resources and expertise versus Jimmy’s ruthlessness and intellect.

Jimmy is certainly an anti-hero in the truest sense of the word, but we learn more here about his history and family life. Despite the chaos he leaves in his wake, you can’t help but root for him as he tries to evade his pursuers in increasingly inventive ways, and Shiga’s distinctive artwork manages to be both grisly and cute.

Demon Volume 2 is a quick, clever, mildly disturbing little read, and not one that’s easily forgotten.

 

Published in 2017. Volume 1 was an Eisner Award winner and LA Times Book Prize finalist! The OSS is after Jimmy, and they’re planning on using his daughter to catch him. But Jimmy will tear the world apart to keep his daughter safe. Literally. This morally bankrupt immortal freak of nature has absolutely no concern for the wellbeing of any human being besides himself and his Sweetpea. It’d be adorable if it weren’t so scary. From the brilliant and profane mind of Jason Shiga, known for his high-concept comics work on the web and in print, comes a magnum opus, Demon: a four-volume mystery adventure about the shocking chaos (and astronomical body count) one highly rational and utterly sociopathic man can create in the world, given a single simple supernatural power. 

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REBECCA FISHER, with us since January 2008, earned a Masters degree in literature at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Her thesis included a comparison of how C.S. Lewis and Philip Pullman each use the idea of mankind’s Fall from Grace to structure the worldviews presented in their fantasy series. Rebecca is a firm believer that fantasy books written for children can be just as meaningful, well-written and enjoyable as those for adults, and in some cases, even more so. Rebecca lives in New Zealand. She is the winner of the 2015 Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best SFF Fan Writer.

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  1. I know someone who would love these books — thanks for putting them on my radar, Rebecca!

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