Demon: Volume 3: The hunt continues…

Demon: Volume 3 by Jason ShigaDemon: Volume 3 by Jason ShigaDemon: 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 by Jason Shiga

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!

Published in 2017. With his demon powers, nothing is denied Jimmy Yee. Sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll—that’s just for amateurs. He’s experienced every earthly pleasure known to man, and even invented a few of his own. Confident that he and his daughter Sweetpea have outlived all of the their enemies, Jimmy spends his day reveling in his immortality. But after 250 years, immortality is getting a little dull. Jimmy’s bacchanal lifestyle is about to get a shake up. The OSS is back and ready for a showdown, and this no-holds-barred battle promises to be Jimmy’s most violent and raunchy one yet. From the brilliant and profane mind of Jason Shiga comes Demon: a four-volume graphic novel epic about the unspeakable chaos that one indestructible man can unleash on the world—and the astronomical body count he leaves behind.

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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. These sound weird… but interesting!

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