Review: Throwaways #4
Issue #4 of Throwaways fills us in on some of the characters backstory. Up until now, Kimiko has kind of been an Asian stereotype sidekick. In this issue through a flashback, we learn how she started working for the NSA, we also discover that’s pretty much the Throwaways version of Penelope Garcia of Criminal Minds. Alice takes Palmer on a mission to gather some facts about her past and that turns into chaos and murder until Kimiko comes to rescue Abby before things get worse. Logan and Dean get in some more antagonistic father – son bonding time that ends with Dean staging a coup and taking a hostage. Plus, we’re treated to some Kimiko and Abby Bechadel test passing bonding time.
Caitlin Kittredge‘s writing in this episode seems familiar and thoughtful. She seems to have found her stride and voice and the characters are rounding themselves out and becoming real complex characters that the reader cares about. There are no wasted moments or panel filler pop culture facts in this issue, the references and throwbacks seem authentic and Kittredge calls them out within the dialogue itself. Throwaways is starting to feel more like a story to follow than a fluff piece.
Steven Sanders‘ artwork is starting to mesh better with the story and the panels seem to be not only more detail orientated but purposeful. You can tell the mood of each part of the story based on the colors he uses and there is a distinct change in tone. His style makes the shift from past to present and scene to scene feel seemless in their transition so that the reader doesn’t get thrown off or feel jarred into a new scenario.
Overall I feel like the Throwaways is starting to find its voice and I really enjoy listening to it. It’s a deep read and as the story progresses it’s becoming more and more interesting and involved.
Story: Caitlin Kittredge Art: Steven Sanders
Story: 9.1 Art 8.6 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation:Buy
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