Writer: Joe Keatinge
Artist: Leila Del Duca
Kate and her sister have been thrown into the World of Dreams in pursuit of their father. Shutter #11 shows just how creative this team is with one of the most visually unique issues in the series.
The issue opens up with a dream that Kate experienced as a child. In this dream she is being kidnapped by a king in a distant kingdom who wants her for unknown reasons. After narrowly escaping, she goes to her father who then makes some kind of deal with the people of that kingdom. This arrangement has great ramifications and suddenly Kate and Kalliyan’s situation is far worse than anticipated. The action builds up fast and through the conflict there is plenty of revealing dialogue regarding some of the actions of their father. Unfortunately, this issue doesn’t do too much to progress the story until the second half of the issue. Sometimes it seems like the creative team is trying to make everything too big, and it damages the pacing a bit.
Joe Keatinge’s character development is at its best with this series. The characters feel natural, with strong dialogue void of clichés. Kate is a flawed protagonist that makes a lot of reckless decisions. Her lack of perfection makes her an easy character to relate to, even if she isn’t always completely likable. This chapter also contains what seems to be a defining moment for Alarm Cat, who goes through a bit of a crisis. The headless character has been reading Julius Caesar and apparently the play really spoke to him. It’s clear that Alarm Cat is going through a massive change of attitude and will be approaching life differently from here on out. The character’s monologue was powerful and was one of the best moments of the series so far, mostly due to how unexpected it was.
Leila Del Duca’s art is some of the best in the business right now. Her designs are incredible, bringing this wild world to life. Everything looks superb, from the characters to worlds. Nothing in this book looks like something you’ve seen before and it’s always exciting to open up this book to see what insane things are brought to life. The pencils are solid throughout and characters are expressive. There are a lot of confusing concepts scattered throughout this issue, but the art and panel layouts make it much easier to follow.