Review: Discombobulated: The Develop-Mental Years


Every hero has an origin story. Not everyone is tragic or realistic, but there is always a spark somewhere and sometime. Some of their stories start when they are already the people you know them to be. Take, for instance, the last season of Ray Donovan, where we found how he came to be and what lead to his sister’s death.

We find out just how much of a deadbeat sad Mickey was to his kids. We find out just how Ray had to grow up so fast and become such an evasive enforcer. The introspection gave viewers empathy and relevance. In the twelfth story arc of the hilarious and relevant Discombobulated, David F. Walker takes the reader to the scene of the crime.

We find David, in another argument with Annie who insists he has changed which both infuriates and scares him and where he has a hilarious interlude where he argues with himself. As we are taken to his formative years, where he had had a more naïve view of his identity, one that infuriates his teachers, but a fight brings bigger light to the racial disparity in his school. We are taken back to the present day, where David’s therapist shows him that despite his efforts to talk the issues through this comic, it has come at a greater cost. By story’s end, David realizes that some of his issues stem from the fact he never really got to know his father

Overall, an excellent chapter to the webcomic series. The story by Walker is sincere. The art by Quinn McGowan is extraordinary. Altogether, this arc shows just how much Walker is willing to show his readers.

Story: David F. Walker Art: Quinn McGowan
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy