Release Date: September 7, 2016
Story: Jim Zub
Art: Djibril Morissette-Phan
Coloring: K. Michael Russell
Letters: Marshall Dillon
Publisher: Image Comics, Inc.
DISCLAIMER: Some light spoilers included below.
Farrah Durante is a middle-aged actress hunting for her next gig in an industry where youth trumps experience. Her frustrations become an emotional lure for something horrifying out beyond the water… something ready to exact revenge on the shallow celebrity-obsessed culture that’s led her astray. Fan-favorite JIM ZUB (WAYWARD, Thunderbolts) and newcomer DJIBRIL MORISSETTE-PHAN tear into the heart of Hollywood in GLITTERBOMB, a dramatic horror story about fame and failure. “A gut-punch of glitz and blood and starf**ked culture. You want to read this.”—Chuck Wendig (Blackbirds)
Michelle’s Rating: 8.5/10
A gloriously terrifying collision between sane, everyday life and boundless terror tentacles utilized to manage overcoming even the smallest of life’s predations. Curiously, darkly driven and solidly written. The art is divinely edgy and mesmerizing.
Storyline and Writing
The ferocity of this story storms the pages straight out of the gate. Farrah seeks employment in small acting roles for standard, family-driven reasons. However normal these reasons are and however normal Farrah may appear, lethal tentacles erupting from a mouth and impaling the skull of those standing in the way of the woman getting to those family-driven means is… well, far less than normal.
While reality remains an intact, accessible concept, Zub stretches the boundaries of the norm uncomfortably but beautifully. The revelation of how this “gift” is transposed is still vague and unclear this early in the series but appears to be somehow connected to prior ocean experiences.
Uh, stay out of the oceans if you don’t want stabby tentacles, I guess, kids?
I highly recommend reading the piece at the end of the comic titled “An Oscar Winner Bullied Me So Badly that I Quit the Film Industry” by Holly Raychelle Hughes. The piece is sculpted in an easy flow and is revelatory regarding misogyny and bullshit tragically highlighted by working in films.
Illustration, Art, and Coloring
New-to-the-scene artist Djibril Morissette-Phan is morbidly gifted. Horror and fantasy comics have needed his contributions. His talents are a sharp, electrical arc setting a uniquely characterized stage that, with even, steady coloring (normal day-to-day life colors to appropriately large incorporations of dark variations) by K. Michael Russell, ignites an explosive comic.
The first issue of Glitterbomb is available now online and in your local comic store. The second issue is available October 12th, 2016.
*Advance review copy provided for review by the publisher, Image Comics.