Writer: Joe Keatinge
Artist: Leila Del Duca
Shutter has one of the best supporting casts in comics right now. While Kate is a strong, dynamic lead for the series, many readers have been finding themselves drawn to all the friends and foes she has met as this series has progressed. Year Two of Shutter has really done well at expanding upon the series’ supporting cast, and finally, with Shutter #16, we have an entire issue focusing on these characters without a single glimpse at Kate. What we get is dramatic, funny, and bloody issue with many implications for the future of these characters.
Joe Keatinge’s writing throughout this issue is stellar, with a great amount of attention being placed on the political realm of the new setting. The world building of this comic has been solid, and everything is given more life in this issue. Fans of Alarm Cat will be delighted with the amount of attention it gets this issue, as it holds up royalty in an attempt to get Chris Kristopher Jr back. This new side of Alarm Cat is frightening, but great for the development of the character. Alain also makes some moves here, making her much more than just a background character. The final few pages of this issue are particularly strong, with a tragic ending that will make the reader dread the wait until issue 17.
Leila Del Duca remains as consistent as ever, as she draws all of the wild drama proficiently and with a lot of detail. A majority of the characters in this issue aren’t human, which makes how expressive the characters are that much more impressive. Even Alarm Cat without its head is still drawn in a way where the reader can almost imagine the character’s expression due to the angle at which the character appears in the panel. The panels are all full of energy, and the art alone can lead to the reader feeling a significant amount of emotion, even without any text. The final page is especially powerful, with a haunting spread that sticks to the reader well after closing the book.