REVIEW: Sinergy #1

Written by Michael Avon Oeming and Taki Soma
Art by Michael Avon Oeming and Taki Soma
Published by Image Comics (Shadowline)
Release date: November 19, 2014

Jess is a typical girl – she leads a boring life, has loving parents, and your average high school drama. One night while her parents are away, she invites her boyfriend over, and decides to let him take her virginity. As they are “in the act,” Jess freaks out as she sees her boyfriend turn into a monster. Just as she pushes him off the bed, her father runs in and scares Jess’ boyfriend away. Confused and ashamed, Jess tries to avoid her parents and discussing the situation with her dad. As the issue unfolds, we learn that Jess can see things, and that her father is in fact one in a series of monster hunters. Jess wasn’t just seeing things, she is a Seer, an ability handed down her family line for generations, and her father wants her to join in the family business – to become a monster hunter. Did I mention that Fry, the family dog, is also a monster?

There is nothing terribly original about the concept of this book. If you’re familiar with horror tropes, then you’ve probably seen them all. In fact, this book reads a lot like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or a teen angst-ridden version of Grimm. Despite that, or maybe because of it, I thoroughly enjoyed this first issue.

The writing is great and the story is well-paced. Sure, it may be silly for a grown man to enjoy the tropy teenage girl horror stuff, but I won’t deny it – I’m a sucker for this type of story. Oeming and Soma really do a terrific job at capturing the magic behind such types of stories which is no easy feat as many other books have tried and failed at accomplishing the same thing. The ending leaves this book wide open to go in a few directions, and I love the build up and anticipation it creates for what’s coming next.

Oeming and Soma also collaborated in the art of this book and the switch between the two is nearly seamless. Often times, when multiple artists work on a book the differences can be staggering and often take away from the overall feel of the book but not here. The art style may not be for everyone, but it definitely works in this type of story and I loved it.

If you’re looking to a fun, action packed comedy book this week, then Sinergy #1 is a great choice. With a great creative team, and excellent pacing, Image may have another hit on their hands as this issue lays a solid foundation for what’s ahead.

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