|Original review author:||LoverOfBats|
|Webcomic name:||Jamie Jupiter|
|Author:||Casey Knoll (AKA KarToon12)|
|Start Date:||February 3rd, 2012|
|Defining Flaw:||Horrible art, bland characters, and a story that advances slower then molasses|
One day as I was searching for superhero comics, I found this on ComicFury as well as the author's Deviantart. Being a fan of aliens, it peeked my interest of a story of an alien supercop. When I saw the cover though that's when my hopes fell.
Forgiving bad art aside, I decided to read into it more giving it a fair chance. After going through the first four chapters I began to loss interest and started falling asleep at the story.
Originally I wasn't going to make this review, but after seeing all the hugboxing, the Patreon links, and the links for paperback versions available for purchase, I quickly changed my mind.
Artwise the comic has always been shit, but storywise the setup was going good but started going stale when the comic became nothing but filler episodes that did little to advance the story.
Story and Plot
Clara Friedman is a member of the school paper who is a movie and paranormal freak. She and her friend Tyler Forster find a new girl in their school named Jamie Gibbons who moved into their school. When being bullied by some stereotypical jocks, Jamie beats them up and they become friends.
During a trip to the planetarium, their principal has turned into a bodysnatcher like alien who attacks the students. Jamie then does a Sailor Moon transformation sequence, and shoots the alien with the help of Clara and Tyler. She tries to run, but the two follow her to her cloaked ship where she goes over exposition of her space cop organization the Galactic Squadron. After the standard "Humans are violent assholes in the eyes of aliens" cliche, the two humans promise not to tell her secret, except for Clara who despite promising not to tell, she tries to take photos of Jamie fighting people throughout the whole comic.
Later, it's revealed that the bodysnatcher from earlier is still alive and goes on another school rampage. They were about to stop him when he steals Jamie's ship, which causes it to self destruct, leaving her stranded on Earth. The rest of the comic at this point is filler episodes where they're facing a conspiracy involving green spores turning people evil which has hardly gone anywhere.
The artwork. Oh my fucking god, the artwork. Where do I begin? To begin with the obvious, the character anatomy is nonexistent.
Heads look like they were drawn by Picasso, hands look like they were drawn by Andrew Dobson, and don't get me started on backgrounds. The author also has a weird way of shading big objects that look like they would be better off just being basic colors.
Is the author improving her art like she claims on her Deviantart? Let's take a look shall we?
So over a course of four years, what has improved? Well, eyes have stopped being derpy a bit, but they're still laughable. Heads have gotten a bit bigger, but still look like shit. And she started shading, which actually makes it look worse then it did in 2012. So over the course of four years, her artistic skills have somehow gotten worse. If you can't improve on your craft in that timespan, then you might as well find someone else to draw it, and there's people willing to draw it as the fanart looks better then the comic itself.
In the beginning of the comic, it begins with the standard high school superhero cliche, and when we finally get to the action, it feels rushed, probably due to the author wanting to save time not properly sketching action scenes. Beginning in Issue 3 is when the comic starts to become formulaic with an arc about some evil corporation creating spores that turn people evil, leading to the standard monster of the day filler episode that plagues manga. Along each filler episode Jamie reveals a small bit about her organization and homeworld, which just leads to further questions since the main story hardly progresses. The filler episodes are also cliche as well, ranging from the camping episode, to the prom episode, to even a trip to the zoo. It would work if the protagonist Jamie would go into each event with curiousity being an alien after all, but whenever asked about stuff on Earth, she just says "Oh we have that too, but better."
Jamie Jupiter is an idea that is not being given it's full potential, but is wasted on an author who does not have the skill to do it. The art is absolutely gastly to look at, and the story is boring as fuck.
I could forgive Casey if she actually was trying to improve, but it's been four years and hardly shit has improved, but of course don't let all the comments saying "You go girl" deter you from actually trying new techniques and improving on your work.
This is how Casey Knoll describes herself on the ComicFury page:
She seems like a nice kid who is a major comic buff and wants to make her own. Problem is, I don't think her artwork has had any actual criticism to it yet as every comment on her Deviantart and ComicFury accounts are all positive comments saying hooray for you.
Casey, if you're reading this, this is not an attack on you. We truly want your comic to get better, and that'll start with bettering yourself. Your skills need a major overhaul before Jamie Jupiter is even close to being ready for paperback sales. If your current technique isn't working, then try a new one, or find someone to help you learn and work on the comic.