Throwaways #1 Review
Writer: Caitlin Kitteridge
Cover: Maiko Kuzunishi, Roberta Ingranata (convention exclusive variant)
Art: Steven Sanders
Something is up. Kids and soldiers are being hunted down by seemingly private militias. Who is behind it and what could they want? That’s just a few questions among many. Young adult Dean Logan and war vet Abby Palmer are living their separate lives until a sudden change takes place. That change happens to be people who shoot at you for reasons you aren’t sure of. All they do know is this: run first, questions later. I know I have questions. Right down to the last page.
Is it possible to pick up a story where nothing is going right for your hero/ protagonist? That’s what seems to be happening for Dean and Abby. First your family and friends get shot or arrested, and now the same thing is about to happen to you. Is there no escape? What is going on? Its time to find out or die trying. Non-intentional superhero stories are kinda my thing. I feel like this may be one of those stories. Not your goody-goody hero or that hero that has something to prove, but a hero story that could easily be anyone of us. Those tend to be the best kind of hero stories. Although that may not be a quality strictly for indie books, I tend to find it more applicable than others.
Coming back to that “it could be anyone” thing, Caitlin Kitteridge flips the hero narrative upside down. Kitteridge reminds the audience that these characters are just as plain as you and I, except for the hidden powers thing. Everyone’s speech and emotion is fluid and not forced. As redundant as this review may seem, I want to make it clear that comics that don’t pull punches (in a way) have to come off in a flow. Don’t need knee-jerk reactions out of nowhere or tired expressions. All of this is avoided in this book. Now, there are a few thing that could be improved. Some of the story seems to jump or get muddled. However, this is issue #1, so we may see a tie in all this later on.
The art of Steven Sanders differs from other comics for its not so in your face colors. That isn’t to say that the colors are dull, but it is a bit earthy and calm. Also, Sanders uses a bold outline to his art. It makes things stand out from the background well. The closer it is to the audience or “camera”, the bolder the outline. Both of these things is something I like in certain books, and they both mesh well for this comic. Moreover, the backgrounds complete the image, but seem to be muted to keep it from distracting the foreground. There are a few things misplaced, like Dean’s wound, but it something so small that you might not notice. Sure these things annoyed me in the past, however it doesn’t seem like a too constant thing, so I’ll let it go.