Writer: Joe Keatinge
Artists: Leila Del Duca & Owen Gini
Shutter’s “Year 2” is off to an interesting start, bringing in a new cast of characters as well as reintroducing old ones. Shutter #14 is the second issue of the arc, and does quite a bit of hopping around. Joe Keatinge does well at pacing through it all though and delivers another solid issue.
Following last month’s shocking turn of events, one would expect the characters to be in a bind. However, issue 14 starts off with unsettling humor, with more jokes than one would expect coming out of the violent situation. All the jokes land on target though, making this one of the funniest issues of the series so far. While the humor is spot on, the rest of the issue focuses on world building and a bit of exposition. The issue hops around from the discovery of a kidnapping to a search of both answers and self-identity. The protagonist has a lot of family that appears to come out of nowhere, and when new family shows up it somehow still comes as a surprise, and it’s always a treat.
This issue is mostly about setup, and I suspect that we will discover quite a bit during next month’s issue. While the pacing is solid enough, the content itself of the chapter doesn’t deliver enough to fully immerse readers. Some of the series’ better characters are absent, but the new characters introduced for Year 2 are full of promise.
Leila Del Duca easily makes up for this issue’s shortcomings. It seems like she manages to up her game every issue, and this might be the most visually-impressive issue so far. As always, character designs are unique and no character feels like they lack life. The issue also hops around a bit with shifts in both style and tone. Some pages are done without any color at all, but this greatly benefits what’s going on in the panels. Owen Gini’s colors are vibrant and full of life, and at its best, Shutter has some of the best colors in comics.