You’ll know within the first three pages if Glitterbomb is something you want to read or not. Jim Zub knew it when he pitched his idea to Eric Stephenson, and I’m pretty sure you’ll be hooked too. Read on for our spoiler-free advanced review! (Sorry about the terrible pun in the headline, by the way…)
Glitterbomb scratches a very particular itch that we’ve all had at least once: that deafening, internal scream when your life seems like a joke and you’re helpless to fix it. You work as hard as you can and everything still goes wrong. Meanwhile, everyone else is either laughing at you on their way to the bank or nagging in your ear about their own problems.
But what if you could scrub everyone who wronged you right off the planet? What if you had the power to eliminate those in your way, no matter the cost? What would that look like? What would that kind of power do to someone?
Enter Farrah, a middle-aged but not un-pretty actress trying to make a living in Hollywood. You can guess how well that’s going, considering a woman is “past her prime” if she’s anything older than about 25. Farrah is at her breaking point, and so much great storytelling can happen when people reach their breaking point.
Speaking of storytelling…
Farrah is one of the most instantly relatable characters I’ve read in comics, or any other media. I think it speaks to both Zub’s skill as a writer and Djibril Morissette-Phan’s talent as an artist.
I was actually a bit surprised to learn that this is Djibril’s first major comic project. His characters express themselves and move well, and his backgrounds are detailed but not distracting. Page layouts are varied and well-organized, and they seem to play an active part in the storytelling just as much as the words or the characters. It felt very cinematic to me.
And lets not forget K. Michael Russell on colors. They really set the mood of each scene and each panel, from the depressing to the… well, you’ll have to read to find out.
The only downside with this advanced review is now I have to wait months to read what happens next. I finished issue #1 with at least a couple of questions that I can’t wait to get answered, especially regarding two panels where I’m not sure if I’m seeing things or if I actually picked up on a hint for once and there’s a big payoff coming down the line. I hope it’s the latter!
Who should read it
Pick up Glitterbomb if you like weird mysteries or Faustian pacts, or if you’re the kind of person who imagines cars blowing up when other drivers cut you off in traffic. Not that I’ve ever done that.
I rate this Teen+ for language and some gross, violent things. But it’s pretty minimal.
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