Ava is even more awkward than most 15-year-olds. It’s just one of those unfortunate side effects of demonic possession.
The beautiful and terrible Wrathia is her tormentor. For years on end she’s blocked Ava’s efforts to build friends and future, with her antics culminating in Ava’s expulsion as the story begins.
Ava imagines nothing could get worse as she awaits her fate in the principal’s office, but things take a deeper nosedive when the school is attacked by creatures called Scavengers.
A mysterious boy named Odin saves one of Ava’s classmates, the green-haired Maggie, in the midst of the chaos. Seeing an opportunity for escape, Ava sneaks onto Odin’s ship as the entire planet falls to ruin.
All bets are off as Ava is forced out of her shell in a bid for survival and reluctant revenge.
Ava’s Demon is written and drawn by Michelle Czajkowski, a former technical director at Dreamworks. What started off as a late-night hobby in 2012 became a career option as the comic gained a following. Michelle now works on Ava’s Demon full-time thanks to support from fans.
Michelle’s vibrant and cute style helps insulate her audience against the comic’s heavy themes, which touch on both depression and violent colonialism on an intergalactic scale.
The comic blasts off with a bang and only gets more intriguing as its plot unravels.
When Odin’s ship is sabotaged and the trio crashes, Ava is speared on a piece of wreckage. As she lies dying, readers discover that Wrathia is not, in fact, a demon, but the ghost of an alien queen.
(Which doesn’t do much to reassure the poor girl.)
Wrathia once ruled galaxies with a contingent of faithful warriors, but one day an entity called Titan claimed her realms and demanded Wrathia submit or be destroyed.
The proud queen refused surrender and created a batch of cursed wine, which would not only kill her and her comrades, but reattach their souls to newborns.
This would offer opportunity to scheme and repay Titan’s actions in full when the time was right.
Of course, Wrathia didn’t awaken in the body of a great warrior as she’d hoped. When Ava reacted as any scared child would, Wrathia pushed Ava to give up, even commit suicide, so she could move to a new host.
Yet Ava eventually proves she’s a fighter after all. Fed up with fear and solitude, she asks Wrathia to save her life. This works in the queen’s favor, since a pact was what she wanted all along.
The supernatural binding would unite their goals, granting both immense power—in exchange for allowing Wrathia complete control over Ava’s body when needed.
Ava accepts, tied to an unlikely ally’s mad quest to find her generals and defeat the most powerful being in the universe. Thankfully, some of these companions may be closer than she thinks…
Will Ava ever lead a peaceful life after all is said and done, or will Wrathia’s aims destroy her in the process?
Find out with the rest of us by taking a look at the comic! You’ll even find several animations between chapters which add to the story’s artful presentation.
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