Comic Book / Demo
A comic series by Brian Wood
(writing) and Becky Cloonan (art).
Each issue is a stand-alone story that follows a single person, dealing with their lives, relationships and emotions. Originally the concept focused on the supernatural: the protagonists discovering powers or abilities, or dealing with ones they already had
, and while this is still present in many issues, over time it was slowly de-emphasized.
Originally published by Ait / Planet Lar (Vol. 1). A total of 18 issues were published between November, 2003 to November, 2004. DC's Vertigo imprint published Volume 2 as a 6-issue mini-series. It run from April to September, 2010.
Provides examples of:
- And Now for Someone Completely Different: Kinda... Except, that's the point, so it's not really unexpected.
- Central Theme: Each issue has one, and many have several.
- Overall Demo says quite a lot about the human condition, often via the juxtaposition of the mundane and the mystical (or at least offbeat).
- Compelling Voice: "Emmy". Her ability is on all the time, so people always do anything she tells them to. Horrifically, she has accidentally turned her mother into a vegetable, and she either can't hear or can't understand her daughter enough for the condition to be reversed. And then in a moment of fury that a real Jerk Ass provokes her into, Emmy tells him to "drop dead".
- Complete Immortality
- Decompressed Comic
- Empathic Shapeshifter: "Girl You Want".
- How Do I Shot Web?: Deconstructed.
- Involuntary Shapeshifting: "Girl You Want"
- Irony: "Girl You Want"; Kate's powers mean that she physically changes to whatever people want to see whenever they look at her, and she spends the first part of the story lamenting that no one sees her for her. But when she meets someone who doesn't cause her to shapeshift, she immediately jumps to conclusions, projecting her own desires onto this person the same way that everyone else projects their desires onto her.
- Lamarck Was Right: A common theme
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Deconstructed
- Power Incontinence: Why YES.
- Psychic Powers: Several
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
- Something for Everyone: "Girl You Want" again
- The Tape Knew You Would Say That: An entire chapter is devoted to a young man playing a tape left by his girlfriend who just committed suicide, and it seems to know everything he's going to say or do, to the point where he imagines she's right with him.
- Time Travel
- Water Is Air
- Writing Around Trademarks: A coffee place is referred to as Starbucks in "Girl You Want", but a text bubble is conveniently obscuring the store name when we get exterior shots of it.