Jin & Jam #1 by Hellen Jo
Are you one of the many comics readers who constantly thinks "these little books of words and pictures are fine, but what I'm really looking for is a big old fight scene involving pair of teenage conjoined twins"? If so, you have finally hit the jackpot. This issue seems to be basically an introduction to the characters, and it's a very honest way of showing this without ending up being pretentious or sappy. Jin is hanging out with her friend Hank outside of a church, smoking and eating. There's a lot of eating in this comic, now that I think about it. Anyway, Jam is in the church and decides to get some air. She runs into the two outside the church, she tells them they can't be there, a cigarette is offered (and snuck into a Bible) and a friendship begins, although neither of them seems to be aware of this fact. Later they run into each other at school when Jin hears about a fight and comes down to check it out. It's Jam versus the conjoined twins, and it a knock-down drag-out type of thing. I've already said way too much about this comic, but, speaking as a boy, it's a fascinating peek into a world I know next to nothing about. That being said, these two becoming friends isn't much different from what I experienced growing up, so I am quite possibly full of it. Either way it makes for a good story. Here's hoping there's more to come with these two. Oh, and if you're as weird as I am and noticed the extra "L" in Hellen's name, you'll be happy to know that she's well aware of that and played it up a bit with her website. Go on and click it, you know that made you curious.