October Girl #1
I read this comic while sitting in a cafe awaiting my order and to me that certainly seems the way that one should do it. As a comic October Girl issue one is short, strong and stark; just like a good cup of coffee should be. Similarly it is something of a mature beverage, for adults only but not in the sexy way and you see this straight away. The first page sets a serious tone with its structure; large slabs of text sit on the page next to some small square illustrations, the entire thing devoid of color. From there It tells the story of a disillusioned teen dealing with the drabness of real life; already dying, being slowly murdered by the mundanity of it all. It’s beautifully made but boy is it bleak, but then comes the final page of this first chapter, one that offers the exact opposite of its first: one big panel that all but bursts with color, the comic taking a daring turn into the drama of the imagination.
This issue is really just a sip, a spoon of the crema as you sit and wait for the glass to cool, and so it is hard to say too much about it’s successes and failures, whether it really works, but I will say this: I am fascinated to find out. The bareness of the books slow, black and white style will work wonderful with the larger than life ideas that twist suggests and more importantly the intelligence and intimacy of the writing has me hopeful of what it will do with those ideas thematically; a magic world is all well and good but I’m more interested in what it means for this girl, the woman who may or may not have imagined it. The potential here is quite simply staggering, possible stories already spinning out in my mind, none of them quite as effective as what writer Matthew Smith will surely deliver.
That is because the style is what sells this silent book, speaking about it will never do it the justice that a read will. So pull up a chair, order a cup and add an extra $.99 to the bill to buy this comic; I can’t imagine you regretting it.