Demon: Volume 3 by Jason Shiga
This is the third book in Jason Shiga‘s Demon quartet; the story of Jimmy Yee, an otherwise ordinary accountant who realizes he’s a demon. This means that whenever he takes his own life, he ends up possessing the body of the person closest to him.
It’s a free pass to wealth and power, though ever since Jimmy found his daughter Sweetpea (also a demon) and evaded capture from the secret-ops agent who’s determined to exploit his abilities, Jimmy has been lying low for the past hundred years.
After that long, a hedonistic lifestyle with no boundaries or limitations is beginning to wear a little thin. Surely there’s got to be more to life than food, sex and drugs?
Demon: Volume 3 is a nihilistic look at the meaning of life and the cost of immortality, though Jimmy finds a purpose with the reappearance of his old nemesis, Agent Hunter. He still wants Jimmy’s blood in order to secure world peace by creating more demons and having them possess international world leaders.
But Jimmy is determined to thwart him — for spite, if nothing else.
These comics are not for the faint of heart or the easily offended, as they include (among other things) bestiality, rape, and the murder of at least one baby. The fact that it’s illustrated in such cute, cartoonish little figures somehow only makes it even more depraved.
But the enjoyment comes from the way Jason Shiga has come up with a high-concept idea (in this case, demonic possession through suicide) and followed his own rules to their logical — but extreme — conclusions.
The plots and counter-plots between Jimmy and Hunter become ever more complex and outrageous, with outcomes that are continually surprising and inventive.
Demon: Volume 3 may only take you fifteen or so minutes to read, but it’s a rollercoaster ride while it lasts!
These sound weird… but interesting!