Image Comics’ new sries Shutter is back with issue #2. Last we left the comic, our heroine was being attacked by a character who looked like he stepped out Return to Oz. What will she do? How will the comic be? Is it good?
Shutter #2 (Image Comics)
So, after Kate is captured by some mechanical man that looks like Tik-Tok and his purple glowing ghost ninjas, they make their escape in something reminiscent of Baba Yaga’s hut as three big mice (wearing Huey, Dewey, and Louie’s colors). However, the local saucer police are on the attack and try to bring them down, while another bounty hunter gang made of gangster-looking lions attack them in their flying 40’s car with tommy guns. Yes, I just wrote that.
Dear God do I love comic books!
Let’s just get this part over with: The story does not advance much, and the entire first half is one long attack sequence. After that, we get another flashback where we see Kate talking to her father about wanting a sibling of her own (oh the irony) and then catching up with how everyone is doing after the attack. There’s not much here outside of seeing a glimpse of our villain and her power, Kate talking with her friend, and a pretty fun cliffhanger. Not much overall here if you want get the story moving quickly. The characterization and development of the secondary cast is also still needed, since the flashbacks alone aren’t really enough at this point.
That being said, this was completely over the top, and a joy to read. I mean, just look at the description I provided and that should hopefully set the tone and expectations for what you’ll see in this comic. The entire action sequence tossed so much at the reader; it was lots of fun and just made you want to see what would happen next. Sure, the second half isn’t nearly as exciting (with the exception of one scene), but it was still decent with some character moments and decent dialogue. The pacing and structure of the book was so good that even at its most intense and crazy, the book was easy to follow with no sequential bumps. Best of all, with everything the comic pulled in this issue, it makes you honestly want to continue with the story to see what other craziness will happen. It’s always good when a comic makes you want to read what happens next.
Felix the Cat is right. Cookies are the solution to all of life’s problems.
The artwork, like with last issue, helps elevate this comic into higher levels of greatness. With the amount of insanity and imagery in this issue, the artwork does a marvelous job in bringing it to life. The creatures, monsters, action bits, and more are very well-drawn and eye-catching. With a lesser artist, I highly doubt the first half would have been as memorable or amazing as it was. But besides that, the characters look good and distinct, the layouts are easy to read and follow, the coloring is quite beautiful, the detail put into everything is appreciated…I could go on and on. Just great all around.
Is It Good?
Shutter #2 is a great step up from the last issue, ushering out the slow and uneventful feel for the most part and replacing it with a high octane and exciting ride that’ll certainly have some of the most memorable images of the week for you, if not the entire month. The writing stepped it up, the action was incredible to look at it, the artwork was fantastic, and it honestly really makes you want to see where the comic goes from here. Easily worth your time, even if you were on the fence with last issue.