REVIEW: The Joneses #1
Book Title: The Joneses #1
Book Description: In “The Resistance” a global pandemic wiped out 90 percent of the world’s population. It was fatal to nearly all who contracted the virus. A portion of the survivors found themselves gifted with newfound powers. These individuals are referred to as “reborns”. “The Joneses” is a spin-off of “The Resistance”. It takes place in the suburbs of Chicago. The Joneses are a family of four reborns. Sonya, the mother/wife, wants to keep their powers hidden. Marcus, the father/husband, likes to take advantage of these powers to fight crime. Sometimes their teenage daughter comes along for the ride. The tension is palpable. It’s not just inside the Jones’s household. People in the community are debating whether or not Reborns should be required to reveal themselves. What will be the consequences of doing so? The intensity ratchets up another notch when some Reborns Rob a bank and kill two policemen in the process. Now community leaders are coming to Sonya for support in outing all of the Reborns.
Book Author: Michael Moreci
Book Format: Paperback
Publisher - Orgnization: AWA Studios/Upshot Studios
Illustrator: Alessandro Vitti
- Interior Art(3.6)
- Cover Art(3.8)
I loved “The Resistance” and “Moths”. They were among my nominations for best books of 2020 and 2021. When I saw an opportunity to get another story from that universe I jumped at it.
I liked how “The Joneses” had a different feel to it than its predecessors. “The Resistance” was about the governments of the world taking on individuals with powers. “Moths” taught us that empathy is the greatest power one can possess. In this title we see how powers can affect a family and their standing in a neighborhood.
In my mind the story draws comparisons to a darker version of “The Incredibles”. Origins aside, the difference being that the community is flush with individuals who have powers as opposed to a single family and a couple of supporting characters.
The quality of artwork on the cover is staggering. With the exception of a handful of lines it’s very difficult to discern if this is a photograph or a drawing. I like how it represents the theme of the story: superheroes living everyday lives.
I liked the artwork on the interior pages. Lines were drawn to be very expressive and the detail on facial features are very well done. The coloring brings it all together and pulls us into this world.
As a geek on a budget I’m of the opinion that “The Joneses” is a title that is worth keeping up with. You get action, drama, and a few laughs along the way.