#FridayFirsts: Shutter #1

img_8829Given I am new to the comics universe, I thought it’d be handy to sort through some of the first issues that I pick, what I enjoyed / didn’t enjoy and if I decided to proceed with the series. I’d love to hear what you think too, make sure you hit me up on Twitter – @remotetragic.

I picked up this title from the great crew at Collectors Edge.

I hadn’t heard anything about this comic when I first picked it up, but upon first read I was instantly struck by how captivating the story is and how incredible the illustrations are.

What’s it about?

Kate Kristopher is the daughter of an explorer, from a family of explorers. The story begins as Kate is a young girl with her father exploring the moon on her seventh birthday.

“All worlds are yours now.”

Fast forward to exactly  20 years later, Kate’s 27 and the world has completely changed. She’s not exactly celebrating her birthday, and after meeting with friends, she goes to the cemetery to spend time with her father. Here, the story dramatically changes and the turn of events almost had me leaping out of my seat!

Thoughts

I absolutely loved this comic! The story grabbed me immediately and I was instantly transported into the story. I felt like I was part of this audience, that flowed from each scene naturally and that was incredible. The illustrations, as I mentioned earlier are beautiful. There are full page spreads where just no words are required, the artistry tells the whole story.

I can’t wait to continue the journey with this comic and see where goes. At this time, the story could go anywhere. Two big thumbs up from me!

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Do you have any comic recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments below or via my Twitter –@remotetragic.

Comic cover image taken by myself
Other images / gifs sourced from Google.

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Review: Y: The Last Man (Book 1)

y the last manThanks to Sterling_Rick on Twitter for this incredible recommendation!

I began reading Saga, raved on Twitter about how great and different the story was and Rick suggested (and nudged a few times!) to give Y: The Last Man a try.

What’s the comic about?

Yorrick Brown, literally  is the last man (along with his monkey), after every living mammal with a Y chromosome simultaneously die. Yorrick’s mother, a member of the United States government, becomes the president after all the men that proceed her die. Yorrick becomes fixated on finding his girlfriend/fiancee in Australia and tracking down a scientist to give answers as to why this occurred – not necessarily in that order. But a lesbian movement, who are convinced that men were erased from the planet for a reason, discover Yorrick’s existence and it becomes their mission to remove him as well.

Thoughts

Within the first few pages, I was hooked. Brian K Vaughan is brilliant in transporting from the reader directly into the world. At points of the story I felt like I was standing there, as part of the conversation. Which is so incredible, not to mention he’s character development is *out of this world*! Watching the main character, Yorrick, use his abilities (he’s an escape artist) that were not of much use before the man wipe out, and show just how useful these abilities are in the new world.

The illustrations in this comic are… incredible. Just… incredible. I can’t convey in words how symbolic some of the parts are with regards to the story. It definitely helps with that element of transporting the reader to the conversation, to the place of time of where the action is taking place.

It’s a short story arc (three  paperback volumes in total) and one that I am really interested in completing to see how (hopefully) Yorrick changes the world.

Do you have any comic recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments below or via my Twitter – @remotetragic.