Author: Sam Humphries
Publisher: Boom Entertainment
Publication Date: 28. September 2016
Diversity: LGBT characters, PoC
Rating: 2./5. Stars
Summary: A sarcastic teenager with the powers of cupid unleashes her preternatural matchmaking abilities on her school with hilarious and charming results.
Jonesy is a self-described “cool dork” who spends her time making zines nobody reads, watching anime, and listening to riot grrrl bands and 1D simultaneously. But she has a secret nobody knows. She has the power to make people fall in love! Anyone. With anything. She’s a cupid in plaid. With a Tumblr. There’s only one catch—it doesn’t work on herself. She’s gonna have to find love the old-fashioned way, and in the meantime, figure out how to distract herself from the real emotions she inevitably has to face when her powers go wrong…
Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Jonesy is pretty much a typical teenager, except for one exception: She’s pretty sure she can make people fall in love. Not just with people no, but with anything. Sadly this doesn’t work for herself at all. So while she is trying to get her crush to notice her the old fashioned way, she tries to figure out how she can use her powers. And who says Cupids always have to use their power for good?
A thing I liked about the comic is that it is very diverse and light hearted. There are many non-white characters in the book and there’s a lesbian couple as well which is not portrayed any different than a straight couple would be. The art, while not exactly my style, is still nice to look at. The side characters are also quite interesting.
However, I sadly didn’t like Jonesy herself all that much? She mostly acts like a self-absorbed jerk, and while people can be self-absorbed jerks and still be interesting characters, it didn’t really work with Jonesy, especially since she had some nice moments, which aren’t explored as much as I would have liked (but then it was in the end of the first Volume). I wouldn’t have minded her causing mischief with her powers and maybe learning from it, but she didn’t really have that, at least not yet. We are told that Jonesy is a fan of Ferrets and likes to make Zines, when she’s not watching anime. However we are not really shown any of that (the Zines are the most developed part, but even then we never really see Jonesy making them, only selling them? Idk maybe it would have helped me connect with Jonesy if we could have seen her outside of her plan to ruin things with her powers and get her crush to notice her.) Also her taste in music is mentioned in the description, but except for Stuff (a pop singer), isn’t shown in the story. I would have loved that, since I really like some Riot Grrrl Bands and some nods to them ala Gone Home would have been nice.
Sadly there is also barely any character development and the storyline is also… not that well developed? All in all, it’s just a very light hearted story that doesn’t go into a lot of depth. This makes it really hard to connect with the characters sometimes, but can also be really relaxing if that’s what you’re looking for. Maybe this will improve in later volumes, but for now the story is a bit too superficial for me to really enjoy it.