"Sinergy #1" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Image Comics
Written and Illustrated by Michael Avon Oeming and Taki Soma
2014, 32 Pages, $3.50
Comic released on November 19th, 2014
There are some real horror stories out there when it comes to losing one's virginity. They range from humorous to terrifying with everything in between. Jess' tale leans more towards the latter. Just when things were really getting going with her boyfriend Leaf, something changed. She looked up and saw a spiny red creature with four eyes on top of her. It turns out that Jess comes from a long line of monster hunters who come into a second sight ability upon the loss of their virginity. Welcome to the club!
With her eyes opened, Jess sees the world in an entirely new light. Her dog has bat-like wings and a long demonic tongue. Oh, and it can talk. Jess' father wants her to skip college and join the family business. It's awkward enough to have your dad barge in on you when you're getting busy with your boyfriend, but it's even weirder when he's excited that you're also a seer as a result.
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Sinergy has an interesting overall premise, but it misses something in the execution. Instead of expanding on the background of this strange lineage, creators Michael Avon Oeming and Taki Soma spend a lot of time on cheap sex jokes and some pretty rough dialogue. There's an awful pun about eating "glutton free" that is groan-worthy. Granted, this is just the first issue, so I'm not expecting all of the questions to be answered, but there are some gaps in logic. For example, Jess' father keeps his nighttime monster hunting a secret from his wife. That just doesn't make sense, as it creates many unnecessary problems in his day-to-day life that are only going to be accelerated by bringing his daughter into the fold.
Oeming is a brilliant artist, so Sinergy looks amazing. Soma handled the colors and made some interesting choices. There are some pages that look odd, like when Jess' mother first appears and she's a light shade of green. These flow well with the overall plot, like everything is a little off-kilter. Nothing is quite right, especially after Jess' second sight is opened up.
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Soma also illustrates the backup story where Leaf and a fellow monster have a chat. This could have been a basic conversation between two dudes, but Soma alternates between their human and monster forms. She also adds these small mini-panels that give a glimpse of what these characters actually look like. These float around, showing different parts of them to great effect. This backup actually provides a more serious tone to the book, adding a sinister plot by some of the monsters that have been presented largely as comedic relief up to that point.
Sinergy seems to coax by on the interesting concept of a genetic ability to see monsters unlocked when one losing one's virginity. This could develop into a fun father / daughter monster hunter book, but right now it feels disjointed with an unlikable patriarch and a stereotypical teenage girl. Oeming's artwork is the real standout, as does Soma's backup strip.