JOG (Just an Ordinary Guy) starts off strong and doesn’t let up!
It features a young man named John who is granted the dubious honor of being the first earthling to operate with a pilo, a special being who can exhibit any number of powers once attached to another being.
It is given to him by King Triant of the planet Nebolix, an alien whose world was destroyed for its natural resources by a bad guy named Uru. Triant claims Uru is setting his sights on Earth next.
While the main story is about John and his pilo, there is also the complicated relationship between him and Jessica. That relationship takes up some space while other characters come and go in the whole story.
One of those characters is the president. We don’t know what he is president of but he talks about the “other two world leaders.”
The president scenes don’t take up too much real estate and it mostly centers around his daughter being sick with ergos, a sickness that adds a subplot to the main narrative: will a cure for ergos be found before the president’s daughter dies?
There’s also murder and mayhem aplenty, some of it supplied by another of Jessica’s suitors.
There’s plenty of action in the story and, though it may not be to every reader’s liking, the Manga-like artwork works well with the characters.
The showdown with Uru and his minions is colossal! John and pilo are on the scene as traditional firepower proves to be useless.
There are also some surprises and plot twists that are as enjoyable as they are engaging.
Written and drawn by Isaiah Massey of Mindless Comics, JOG is clearly a labor of love.
“This comic took me 5 years to complete,” Massey says on page one of the book. “You can see the art improve with each page until the very end!”
He’s right about that.
JOG starts out in black and white and eventually becomes a four-color comic book. Massey had some assistance in the coloring department from Raymond Penuela.
Rated teen (presumably because of the violence and language), JOG portrays women as tough and capable as men.
Despite the spelling and grammatical errors, JOG is a solid read that rarely disappoints!