It's Almost Joon

An article by, Aaron Iara

I recently had the pleasure of being able to marry my best friend. Even though our ceremony and reception were simple, and we DIY'd almost everything, we still had to so much to do. The last two weeks have been extremely stressful. As much fun as it was, I am happy to get back into the swing of things and discuss some comic books with you all. 

Anyone who knows me knows that I love post-apocalypse and dystopian fiction. There is just something satisfying about watching the world come back to life after crumbling. Humanity always seems to put the petty things aside to deal with the overarching issue of survival. Of course there is conflict, but rebuilding society breaks everything down to the core philosophical elements.

Joon is written and drawn by Kelsey Kasperski. There is currently one issue which premiered this week (May 9 2018). The book is self published. Joon is a science fiction adventure story with a leading lady and plenty of comedy.

Joon is a junker/scrapper trying to get by in a technologically advanced post-apocalypse world. Humans are now an endangered species, and Joon is rejected by her fellow humans. Her best friend is a seeker bot by the name of Six. Not only is Six a sarcastic jokester, they are also obsessed with kittens and The Golden Girls. These two characters are trying to live their lives until Joon is teleported to a random location that kicks off the story.

I will admit, I was not expecting this book to be all that funny. Based on the cover and synopsis, I was expecting a serious sci-fi drama. The joke is on me for making assumptions. I was extremely delighted with the consistent and lighthearted humor in this book. Many humorous books use the plot as a method for setting up jokes. This often causes the overall story to suffer. Even though there is only one issue, Joon does not seem to be following this path. Joon has a good balance between humor and plot development. The dialogue is witty and often silly. Six reminds me of other childish AI found in media, such as Gir from Invader Zim or Claptrap from Borderlands.

I decided to read Joon because the cover caught my eye while I was browsing the new releases. I was not disappointed. Kasperski's art is stellar, especially when it comes to coloring. I love the way the colors blend together. Though the wasteland setting lends itself to a lot of brown and grey, there are a lot of vibrant colors in this book. The skylines offer beautiful blends of pastels. Every character has a little pop to them.

Joon has a lot of awesome character designs. Specifically, I love the mysterious character that shows up toward the end of the issue. They ride a motorcycle that seems to be powered by a strange purple liquid. The character wears a helmet which only has a dark slit for the eye holes. They brandish a very long curved sword. I don't know much about this character yet, but they are really cool looking. I was happy to see that the issue ends on a full-page picture of them.

Overall, Joon was a fun read. Though the full plot has yet to be revealed (like most first issues), the jokes and action made for an entertaining comic book experience. The art is great and the attention to color detail makes this book super immersive. I was not familiar with Kasperski before reading Joon, but I can now say I am a fan. 

Joon is available on Comixology. News about the book can be found on Instagram at @joonbook.

Kelsey Kasperski is also an excellent tattoo artist. Their work can be found on Instagram at @kasperstattoos.

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