Demon Book 1
Jimmy Yee has lost everything, botched his attempt at revenge, and wants nothing more than to end his life. However, not even that works out for Jimmy. What Jimmy discovers is that he is a Demon. Whenever he dies, his soul inhabits the nearest body. Now, armed with this knowledge, his sharp wit, and a complete lack of a moral compass, Jimmy has no limits. Discovering he's being tracked by a shadowy government outfit, Jimmy decides he's going to do what ever he wants... regardless of what anyone else thinks or wants. Demon started out as a web comic and quickly became an underground phenomena. Collected by :01, it is no longer available to read online, but is well worth a look. Shiga's storytelling is much like old school detective stories - every time you think you've got it all figured out, another wrinkle appears, putting your theory on its ear. Jimmy is by no means a sympathetic character - he's conniving, self-centered, and heartless, but by the end of the book, you can't help but root for this maniac. Much like watching a car crash in real time, you're horrified and repulsed by what is going on, but you just cannot look away, no matter how much you want to. While the art stays to the simplistic side of the equation, I genuinely feel that it really works to the advantage of the story. If it was embellished more, it would detract from the tension, which is always a moment away from viciously snapping in the reader's face, lacerating, and possibly blinding them. If you want to get a taste for Shiga's work, but aren't ready to take the plunge on Demon, check out his other stories on his website I highly recommend Demon, but it is a title for older audiences.