The comic features a confident and empowered female protagonist. There are supernatural elements to the story. Also, the artwork is kind of similar. There, however, the similarities end. Whereas Lumberjanes is about friendship and young women working together and building each other up, Jonesy’s titular protagonist is obnoxious, abrasive, and seems to care about no one but herself.
Nina, a.k.a. Jonesy, is a middle school girl who discovers she has the power to make anyone fall in love with anyone or anything—except for her. She uses this power to humiliate a popular girl in her class on Valentine’s Day, creating a riot in the school in the process. The act is at least partly justified, as the girl made fun of and humiliated Jonesy first; however, the victory still leaves a bad taste in my mouth, especially when Jonesy says things like, “As a side benefit, this plan ended up ripping off money that was supposed to go to charity! Yay!”
As I said, I definitely wouldn’t compare this comic to Lumberjanes. Instead, I’d compare it to, oddly enough, the Dark Horse comic Brain Boy. Both are about entitled teenagers who seem to care about little but themselves—who also have superpowers that allow them to bend people’s minds to their will, and which practically makes them gods. The two of them would make a good couple.
On the plus side, it does seem like Jonesy’s unlikable self-centeredness is the beginning of a character arc that will, hopefully, result in her powers leading her to become more compassionate towards others. It’s an interesting concept, and there’s a lot of potential here. Once Jonesy gets past her own ego, there are plenty of fun things she could do with her powers. I guess we’ll see how things play out in the next issue.