Thoughts about #1
After the last issue with LDB being drafted in for some stage magic, it’d be easy to assume this issue would start with LDB being depressed, panicking or generally going to piece rather than sitting around in a bar chatting about what books he’s reading with friends. In fact the opening of the comic is nice and LDB seems to be actually happy.
It’s a nice opening to the issue when expectations would be that things would be going wrong but of course, things do not carry on like this as LDB finds himself trying to sort out work and things go horribly wrong.
There’s a lot of things in this comic which resonate with me in regards LDB’s life, and I think that’s part of the charm of the comic as it’s not a slice of life outright autobiographical work like Harvey Pekar’s excellent American Splendor, but there’s enough in this which speaks to people who are, or were, awkward, vaguely depressed 20 somethings with girlfriend, work and life problems. In fact these problems don’t vanish but this is clearly a comic which isn’t going to concentrate on the negative, but as in life, the negative often ends up beings your life which does lead one into being as depressed as someone like LDB who is the everyman here.
I will say it’s a little bit too soap opera in it’s construction but as a comic this is an excellent addition to what Image are doing, and how they’re trying to diversify away from spandex and superheroes.