The blurb for this new horror comic by writer Jim Zub and artist Djibril Morrissette-Phan and published by Image Comics goes like this:
Farrah Durante is a middle-aged actress hunting for her next gig in an industry where youth trumps experience. Her frustrations become an emotional lure for something horrifying out beyond the water… something ready to exact revenge on the shallow celebrity-obsessed culture that’s led her astray. Fan-favorite JIM ZUB (WAYWARD, Thunderbolts) and newcomer DJIBRIL MORISSETTE-PHAN tear into the heart of Hollywood in GLITTERBOMB, a dramatic horror story about fame and failure.
The story kicks off with Durante being told in no uncertain terms her career is fucked.
After a fairly horrific incident the story flicks back from the horrific violence to a few hours earlier where Durante is auditioning for a job which she’s desperate to get.
Durante’s jaded with the vapid bullshit of Hollywood, but with nothing else she can do in life is trapped trying to get work in an industry she’s clearly grown to hate. Contemplating suicide Durante has a mysterious, and horrific encounter with something.
Glitterbomb is a comic which tries to expose the darker, grimmer side of fame, but ends up backing off as this is one of those comics which seems to have been written for a film or television adaptation. So it isn’t quite vicious or hard enough, not to mention Zub’s dialogue often swings into American television cliche, though Morrissette-Phan’s third generation Berni Wrightson homage is good enough the art suffers from being a tad bland.
That said Glitterbomb isn’t awful. There’s a potential here but this is all said and done a pretty average comic from Image.