If any mainstream comic company is trying it’s best to expand the mind and reading material of superhero readers then it has to be Image Comics.In writer Shaun Steven Struble and artists Sina Grace’s The Li’l Depressed Boy, they’ve got a comic with shades of Eddie Campbell’s Alec, or the woefully underrated Hugo Tate by Nick Abadzis which it does seriously remind me of.
Li’l Depressed Boy (LDB) has a girlfriend, Spike, and lives a life of an ordinary 20-something with his flatmate who is a sideshow performer, so it’s a bit hipsterish, but then again it is 2014.
LDB and Spike hang out, eat some burgers and fries, then go to a gig where LDB meets an old friend by the name of Jazz.
What follows is possibly the most painfully accurate scenes between a bloke and his current girlfriend trying to explain that they’d just met his sort of ex, and it’s painfully true to life. However LDB’s night goes from bad to worse which is always a bit painful to watch, but there’s a tender truth to it all and LDB is really just wanting a quiet life but sadly, that would make a pretty dull comic.
This isn’t anywhere near the standard of what’s inspired it, but it’s a fine comic in it’s own right and one I’ll be back for next month to see how it develops.