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Jonesy: a comic book to fall in love with

A review of the Jonesy comic book

Alex Abad-Santos is a senior correspondent who explains what society obsesses over, from Marvel and movies to fitness and skin care. He came to Vox in 2014. Prior to that, he worked at the Atlantic.

Jonesy is a sharp new comic from writer Sam Humphries and artist Caitlin Rose Boyle. It is equal parts Saved by the Bell, Adventure Time, and Daria smashed into the story of an adorable, maniacal, angsty tween named Jonesy who has some very strange special powers.

The book is imbued with the manic pace and humor — some of it involving ferrets! —that you find in a lot of the best children’s programming, but it also has a sweet heart that will reach older audiences. At the end of the day, Jonesy is a comic about friendship and understanding.

Perhaps it’s because we live in a world where friendship can be quantified in “likes” and “faves,” but there’s something in Jonesy’s humanity and naiveté that resonates in the comic’s big-eyed, goopy, bliss-inducing art. The story is deceptively silly, in the best kind of way.

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