Being a teenager has its own special trials and tribulations, but for Jesi/Which-Where, finding your identity has taken on a whole new meaning.
Jesi/Which-Where’s pact with forces greater than herself have put her in an awkward dilemma. She can’t tell her parents her soul resides inside an android body and to keep from fully dying, she must hunt down other souls that have escaped. Following a trail of fire-laced footsteps, she tracks her next soul retrieval, but this time without Ren. Unfortunately, the boy is kidnapped by minions of a werewolf king who also happen to be Jesi’s next mission. Though she rescues Ren in time, Jesi finds herself in over her head until she realizes she has more options in her android body than she ever did as a human. The result is a win for her, as the werewolf king – injured and humiliated – flees.
Continuing her search for the werewolf king leads her to an unexpected discovery: a demon (Oni) who sucks the life out of humans to maintain his/her life force. A powerful and intelligent being, Jesi is no match for it. What neither of them realize is that this little gathering was the brainchild of Sister Invictus, another demon who escaped hell; however, she has a bigger plan and wants Jesi to be a part of it.
In this issue, we dig deeper into not only the strict social hierarchy and the prejudice of this world, but the grief and isolation her parents are experiencing over the loss of their daughter. I’m glad this aspect of her death was not overlooked, as it would have been easy to ignore and replace it with action scenes. It grounds the story and gives it emotional heft. The potential of an even greater mission that Jesi may or may not be a part of also elevates this story from the usual “track soul, retrieve soul, wash repeat” type of stories.
For me, the series has found its footing, and I’m interested in seeing how it plays out.
Creative Team: Tim Seeley (writer), Zulema Scotto Lavina (artist), Valentina Cuomo (colorist)
Publisher: Image Comics
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