“Shutter” stumbles this month and has me incredibly torn. On the one hand it’s got a fight scene where someone rides a triceratops and on the other it adds even more uninteresting mysteries. The ambiguity is beginning to wear thin.
WRITTEN BY: Joe Keatinge
ART BY: Leila De Duca
RELEASE: September 17, 2014
Reviewed By: Torbin Chimners
Take for example the mystery of Kate’s siblings; we’re introduced to another one who briefly touches on the fact that there are even more. I’m starting to feel like there’s going to be a revolving door of siblings all with incredibly vague motivations that come into conflict with Kate.
I expected we’d have at least a mild grasp of what’s going on in Kate’s world at this point, but I feel more lost than ever. It’s becoming convoluted to the point of insanity. I like these characters (I like them a lot) and they’re deeply engaging, but the plot they are being pulled through means almost nothing to me now because every machination of it feels random. We’re 6 issues in now and the plot has amounted to Kate learning she’s been lied to about having siblings, she meets one and then decides to run away with him to get answers. It feels like we’re getting nowhere slowly.
One of my biggest issues this month is the way Ekland and Shaw are treated. They’re given a redundant scene that’s just there to make sure you really know these are the bad guys, then SPOILER they’re killed in the next scene. It’s already been thoroughly established that they’re bad; Ekland is even introduced massacring a bar full of people. It makes me question the point of them in the first place. They could have been introduced in this issue, had the scene showing they’re tough shit so you’re worried for Kate and Chris then die and be done with it. What was the point building both of them up in the background of the last 5 issues to have them go out with such a whimper?
While I’ve got my fair share of concerns when it comes to the plot I have no qualms with the stellar art. Leila Del Duca does nothing but kill it every issue of “Shutter” with some of the most beautiful 2 page spreads ever conceived this book is a visual powerhouse. Long after the story’s stopped making sense “Shutter” will be worth it for the art.
Over the last 5 issues I’ve heard and read about a lot of people becoming frustrated with Shutters continued convolution. I used to be on the opposite side of the fence, embracing its perplexing and quirky plot but now it’s pushed me over that fence headfirst. I want to keep enjoying “Shutter” but it’s making that one hell of a challenge.
Torbin Chimners AKA Torin Chambers is a rad dude from the nineties who does film stuff or something. Thomas the Tank Engine is his favorite transformer. Find him on Twitter@Vulgar_Rhombus