Demon, Volume 1
by Jason Shiga
Cover Artist: Jason Shiga
Review by Gayle Surrette
First Second Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781626724525
Date: 04 October 2016 List Price $19.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
A man is in a motel room in Oakland, California. He writes a suicide note and then hangs himself. He wakes up in a motel room in Oakland, California. His suicide note is gone as is the rope he hung himself with. He's given a second chance but decides to write another suicide note and, finding a razor in the bathroom, takes it apart for the blade and slits his wrists in the bathtub filled with hot water. He wakes up in a motel room in Oakland, California and his suicide note is missing, only this room has a gun. He tries again.
Jimmy Yee is determined to die. But it just doesn't seem to work. He keeps coming back to try, try again. What's going on? Jimmy begins to analyze his attempts and comes to a startling conclusion -- he's a demon. You probably got that from the title, but Jimmy believes it. But, is he really a demon?
Maybe he was once a good man. It's hard to tell from Demon, Volume 1. Once he begins to believe he is a demon; he begins to feel he has no limits on his behavior. So, things get really, really weird, for Jimmy is certainly creative in his desire to end it all. Or is he determined to solve the puzzle of who or what he really is?
Shiga doesn't play by the usual rules and has created a story that keeps the main character and the reader guessing what will happen next.