Story By: Jennie Wood
Art By: Jeff McComsey
Released By: 215 Ink
Where to find this book: Your local comic book shop if they have any common sense as of February 5th, 2013. If’n it ain’t, jump on them counter chimps and make them order this book. If not, you can find it digitally on the 215 Ink app for your tablet and smarty phones. If that doesn’t work there’s always www.flutter.215ink.com and www.jenniewood.com. In other words, you got options.
I know I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again: I’m a lucky sumbich. I managed to get my hands on this book long before the rest of you and it is well worth it. Jealous? You should be.
I’ve always said that the best thing you can do with a first issue is wet the reader’s palate and get them asking a whole lot of questions. Flutter accomplishes this beautifully as it brings us into the world of our hero which is, well, that’s kind of hard to explain. I’ve read it several times and I’m not even sure where to begin…in a good way. Now, get ready, there are some spoilers below.
You see, our main character is rather special for several reasons. Imagine if you couldn’t bruise, your cuts healed right away and you could really be who ever you wanted to be? That’s part of what our main character is facing but there’s oh so much more to the story. But I’ll talk story in a minute. In the meantime let’s discuss fine art.
Jeff McComsey (American Terror; FUBAR) brings just that in spades to the table. With a story that, at times, is sparse on dialog he does a masterful job of conveying the unwritten dialog that’s going with each panel. Even when our main character is disaffectedly slicing into their(?) own arm he still manages to convey a moment of frighteningly raw intensity.
Why the “(?)” next to the gender assignment in the previous paragraph, you ask. It’s because we’re really not too sure where our main character falls in the male/female equation. Shit, we’re not even really sure what her/his real name is. Whereas this could be maddening for most stories and could cause a disconnect between the reader and the page, Wood does a wonderful job of teasing us as to who we’re really dealing with.
In many ways Flutter is a convention story. It’s your typical “girl meets girl, girl falls for girl, girl morphs into boy to get girl all while being wrapped up in a plot involving an ultra-conservative family values governor and a creepy ass Asian assassin” type tale.
Sarcasm doesn’t always translate well on the internet.
There’s nothing conventional about Flutter and that’s something to be excited about. Wood and McComsey are showing us the cocoon with this first offering and leave us wondering what will emerge when all is said and done.
It could be a gloriously beautiful butterfly.
It could be a hideous and terrifying moth.
It could be something new that’s beyond our immediate understanding.
No matter what emerges from the cocoon, however, I have no doubt that it will soar.
BUY THIS BOOK!