What I love about this comic is the simple storytelling that is never at any time simplistic, but both writer Struble and artist Grace tell their story in a nice, compact, simple way that enables the reader to get where the characters are without having to simplistically sell situations and characters to the reader. There’s not a lot of exposition and when there is, it’s often done in a nice naturalistic way like this in this series of panels.
The reader gets dropped into the story nicely and this is the joy of this comic.It also helps that the characters and situations are easily identifiable. A lad and his girlfriend talk about him quitting, eat some food, have a chat and then go and see a band to cheer themselves up. We’ve all (or at least most of us) have done some of that at some time, but again, its the mundane nature of everyday life, and for these characters, the struggle to understand what to do when you quit a job for the first time.
The story of LDB and Spike is not one where massive things happen. It’s small moments of joy in a life that’s often hard, and if you’re in your 20’s, you think these problems are massive, but there’s always something larger looming on the horizon which seems to be what happens at the end of this issue, though that won’t be revealed til next issue.
I really do recommend people picking this up. It’s a lovely, subtle book that really should be held in the highest regard.