Published on December 10th, 2014 | by JCDoyle


Shutter #7 – Review

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Kate Kristopher is back and there’s no messing about in the latest issue of Shutter, it’s straight in to the action.

At the end of the last issue Kate, her newly discovered brother Chris and her Alarm Cat, came face to face with a skull faced dragon monster. As if that wasn’t enough it starts spewing out weaponised bat creatures: wings of a bat with a head of a dagger or pistol or cannon, I’m sure one of them is a meat clever. Chris is petrified, this is not something he is used to or ever wants to get used to. Kate is prepared for this kind of craziness, if you need to ask why, I give to you the last six issues

Most surprisingly of all is the reaction from the Alarm Cat who is enthused with a spurt of bravery. He can’t just stand around watching the onslaught so he tools up, Rambo style, and charges into action. This does not end well. In fact, this entire issue does not end well as Kate and Chris are captured by their sadistic, manipulative elder sibling. And the final splash page…. well, my lips are sealed.

Meanwhile Ekland surveys the destruction left by the stampeding Triceratops at the road side Motel. Most of her gang have fared a lot worse then she has and one possible survivor ,Shaw, uses much needed energy to advise Ekland to go and see his lawyer. Because that’s what every foul mouthed, blood soaked girl needs.

Shutter 1 insert

Although it has been several months since the end of the first arc, Joe Keatinge just slips the reader straight back into the story. There’s no intermission for the reader to slowly remind themselves what has previously happened, it’s thrown in at the deep end and try to remember how to swim. But that’s part of the beauty of Keatinge’s writing, he manages to remind you about everything you need to know without having to slow or change the pace of the narrative, it makes it feel like only a few weeks since the last issue came out.

There’s also no noticeable difference in the art work which is always a worry when there are breaks in scheduling but as Image have proven recently, breaks during story arcs allow the writers and artists to hone their talent and produce the best work that they can. Leila Del Duca’s art is perfect for this story, as I have noted in previous reviews: she lets herself have fun with the fantastical elements of the story but illustrates the emotional responses of the characters with such humanity. The central players in this comic are as physically expressive as any actor in a TV drama.

There is also an extra at the back of the issue, as is the style with Image these days, in the form of an essay entitled ‘Slicing Up Sound Effects, I Want You To Know.’ This is written by Shea Hennum and is an interesting insight into an oft over looked member of comic book production, that of the Letterer.

It’s good to have Shutter back on the shelf. The blend of ridiculous fantasy and emotional family drama is pure entertainment and  the start of this new arc has already raised the bar from previous issues. Joe Keatinge hasn’t made it easy for himself, each issue is of such a high standard that you wonder how he is going to follow it.


Title: Shutter

Publisher: Image Comics

Writer: Joe Keatinge

Artist: Leila Del Duca

Colours: Owen Gieni

Letterer: John Workman



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