Published on July 8th, 2015 | by Guest Writer


Shutter #13 Review

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If you thought that Joe Keatinge would ease you gently back into the world of Shutter at the start of Act 2 then you are sorely mistaken. Haven’t you read any of the of the previous issues? (Volume 2 is also out this month) The guy likes to throw as much as possible at you and then run with what sticks.

Shutter 13 insert 1

At the end of the last issue Kate Kristopher finally learned the Truth and met the secret order of the World only to be cast out by her own family and left with no memories of anything that happened. And that’s how we meet her in the start of this issue. A photo montage with a contrasting diary narration sets the scene and instantly reminds the reader where we’re at. A mysterious figure sorts through a pictorial history of Kate’s life while she sits in Venice with no recollection of any of it. She’s desperate but even her ‘keeper,’ Wilma, can’t seem to jog anything.

The reader is treated to a weird moment when a young boy seems to recognise Kate but when he looks again her face is a blur and the moment is gone.

And that’s just the start of the many, many things that happen in this issue; Alain, the mysterious figure sorting photos, has enlisted the help of Kate’s family butler to track the missing adventurer. Alain is of course Kate’s best friend from the first Act and the butler isn’t the only help she’s found, enter Madam Huckleberry a gun toting Indiana Jones like adventurer who has a history with Kate.

Another mysterious figure appears to have found Kate and, when she’s needed, steps in for a nick of time piece of rescuing. Her real identity? Well, that’s a big twist for the end of the issue.

Shutter 13 insert 2

With some treachery, a return of the villians, a mass of gore and some serious ass kicking, the start of act 2 is not lacking in action. All of this is handled with Keatinge’s usual aplomb and how he manages to pack so much in without a single page feeling crammed or forced, I don’t know.

This issue is about determination; the determination of Kate’s friends and their search for her; the determination of Kate’s enemies and their need to keep her out of the game; and finally Kates own determination to figure out exactly what it is that she has lost. The reader learns a surprizing amount about Kate despite the fact she knows very little about herself at this point.

Leila Del Duca’s art doesn’t disappoint but then it never does. She portrays the fantasy and the real with equal deft and the first few pages are awash with images, some you’ll recognise from previous issues but also some very interesting snapshots with possible links to upcoming stories and characters. Look carefully at these first few pages because I sense they may hold some secrets to the future of Kate and her family.

Shutter 13 insert 3

As a single issue Shutter 13 is exciting and packed with references to what came before but it also is a great introduction into Keating and Del Duca’s world. It sets up the main pieces for the story ahead without being too baffling, yes there is a lot going on but I think that even a newbie to the title will be able to pick the story up just fine. That is the beauty of Keatinge’s writing, he’s all about including the readers, new and old.

A very strong return from Shutter.


Title: Shutter

Publisher: Image Comics

Writer: Joe Keatinge

Artist: Leila Del Duca

Colours: Owen Gieni

Letterer: John Workman

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