Published on September 18th, 2014 | by JCDoyle


Shutter # 6 – Comic Review

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“Is that a Triceratops?”

It’s an action packed end to this first story arc that includes some surprising violence and some violent surprises.

Kate and Chris go into hiding with a talking alarm clock cat and a car full of weapons. Luckily for them (but not everyone else) their pursuer’s mission parameters have been changed: the siblings are now wanted alive but for what nefarious purpose is yet to be seen.

Ekland goes on a little killing spree in a scene that is reminiscent of the opening of Utopia’s first series but the comic shop has been replaced with a record shop. Think High Fidelity pushed over the edge. She then tracks down Kate and Co and unleashes her full fury backed up with a rampaging dinosaur.

None of this ends well for anybody involved, Kate and Chris especially and as the story draws to a close the reader is left with a winged mammoth of a cliff hanger.

Shutter 6 insert

Joe Keatinge’s script is charming, amusing, moving, violent and totally shocking. Leila Del Duca’s artwork is perfect for this family fantasy drama and her detail in every panel is precise and outstanding. These 6 issues have been thoroughly entertaining from the beginning and the story has become more and more engrossing as each issue was released.

There are still so many mysteries buried in the narrative that it’s going to be a long wait for the next issue, not due out until December. However this break should be good for the comic as it will give new readers a chance to catch up when the trade collection is released (fairly soon). This fairly new publishing strategy that Image have adopted of allowing the creators to have a few months break between each arc has proven to be a success for a number of other titles, Saga being the most obvious. By releasing the Trade Collection during this break it allows new readers to discover the amazing worlds and then jump into the monthlies without missing a couple of issues. Also, as a growing number of people are now reading collections only, it means that there isn’t a long gap between each book.

So, if you’ve missed out on Shutter I highly recommend that you pick up the collection and then join me back here in December for issue 7 because I know you’ll be eager for it.


Title: Shutter

Publisher: Image Comics

Writer: Joe Keatinge

Artist: Leila Del Duca



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