Shutter #1
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Shutter #1

Writer: Joe Keatinge Artist: Leila Del Duca Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: April 9, 2014 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 29 User Reviews: 4
7.9Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

Marvel Knights: Hulk and GLORY writer JOE KEATINGE teams up with artist extraordinaire LEILA DEL DUCA for her Image Comics debut in an all-new ongoing series combining the urban fantasy of Fables and the globe-spanning adventure of Y: The Last Man. Kate Kristopher, once the most famous explorer of an Earth far more fantastic than the one we know, is forced to return to the adventurous life she left behind when a family secret threatens to destroy everything she spent her life protecting.

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Apr 10, 2014

    Adding value to this comic is the back-matter. A fun 4-page comic about giant monster ‘MUNGORE' by Ryan Alexander-Tanner, a cool pin-up by Anthony Gregori (I'd love to see the story behind this pin-up, which brings me to the notion that seeing adventures from Kate's past would be very cool to see as backups) and capping it all off with a single page intro to ‘Tiger Lawyer' by Ryan Ferrier and Felipe Torrent that I'm now going to need to check out because this page was super fun. What I'm getting at is that this comic is packed with content and is well worth checking out. Shutter is in prime position to jump to the top of my “favorite comics” list if Keatinge and Del Duca keep it up at this pace for the next few issues. By the way, issue #2? It can't come soon enough! Read Full Review

  • 10
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Apr 11, 2014

    This was very interesting, with huge possibilities for backstories and flashbacks, and had amazing visuals. I fell into this world and didn't want to come out. I'm hooked. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Marcus Hammond Apr 11, 2014

    Overall, Keatinge's excellent pacing and descriptive world building is enough to draw the reader into this new series. When coupled with Del Duca and Gieni's art and coloring, Shutter #1 becomes a science fiction/adventure drama that is both interesting and thought provoking. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Apr 8, 2014

    Shutter is definitely a series that I'll be keeping my eye on as though it's still to prove it's initial claims it has already proven to be a series with a lot of depth and passion. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Ani Gonzalez Apr 7, 2014

    For a first issue that does not says much it is very inviting and it makes you want to read more. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Apr 10, 2014

    Leila Del Duca does a fine job, as well. Her art is exciting and detailed. A lot of Kate's afore mention personality can be attributed to the artwork. Del Duca can tell a story in a look, wether it's a half-opened, sleepy eye or angry glare. Shutter #1 looks damn good and reads like a dream. Even the opening "credits sequence" is absolutely captivating. Beautiful work, all the way through. Once again, Image is providing us with unique and compelling new series that are just begging to be read. Add this one to your pull list. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Brendan McGuirk Apr 14, 2014

    That will come in time, of course, and as Shutter flashes on we are sure to learn more about Kate, her universe (multiverse?), her adventures, and why she gave them up. Distinct, lively and awash with fun details, Keatinge, Del Duca, Gieni and Image's new offering inspires the trait best paired with skepticism: curiosity. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - CW Cooke Apr 15, 2014

    One thing is for certain: This is a truly beautiful book. Owen Gieni (Manifest Destiny) on colors, Leila Del Duca (Deadskins) on art, and Ed Brisson (Sheltered) on letters sure know how to make things pretty. And Joe Keatinge (Glory) is just doing work above most others these days. So what is this? Yet another in a long line of crazy wonderful Image Comics, with flourishes of Indiana Jones and Jonny Quest " all through the eyes of a young girl trying to find her place in the world. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Apr 9, 2014

    Strange to heap such praise on a book that, for all intents of purposes, didn't really get moving until the last couple of pages. It's a credit to Keatinge, Del Duca, Gieni, and Brisson as storytellers that I am already this vested in both the character and setting. With Shutter #1, Image Comics has yet another hit on their hands. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Nerds On The Rocks - joecorallo Apr 10, 2014

    First issues of creator owned properties are always really tough. You really need to get as much into it as possible, somehow get an audience to care about these characters that they still don't know and probably won't for at least a few more issues, and leave enough of a hook at the end to get them wanting more. The story was compelling enough to get me to want to pick up the next issue. The hook itself was a bit too out of left field for me, but I had already made my decision before getting to the end of the issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Capeless Crusader - Mike Sains Apr 8, 2014

    Joe Keatinge and Leila Del Duca have managed to create the second new stand-out book from Image Comics that I've seen this year, with Starlight being the first. All four people on the creative team succeeded in delivering an astonishing new world that centers on an endearing and captivating main character. Even though very little actually happens for the first several pages in terms of story, the hard left turn at the end more than makes up for any lag in the action. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Florida Geek Scene - Peter Schmeiser Apr 9, 2014

    In summary: Its creative, compelling, and worth the time and effort. Pull the book. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Multiversity Comics - David Henderson Apr 8, 2014

    This is a first issue that promises much more to come, and it will be one hell of a trip to get there. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Jon Suarez Apr 8, 2014

    An interesting concept with a damn fine cup of art. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Jen 'Miss J' Aprahamian Apr 10, 2014

    SHUTTER is one of those titles that refuses to be categorized concisely; it's an adventure story, for sure, but it also begs for genre descriptions as expansive and mysterious as the world that Keatinge and Del Duca have just introduced. There are bits of sci-fi, bits of action, bits of coming-of-age-drama, bits of surrealism; it's a stew of creativity, and we'll have to hang on for a few more issues before we can really pin down a snappy tagline for this one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Milo Milton Jefferies Apr 10, 2014

    Shutter may not be perfect then, but it comes recommended with a lot of potential to get even better. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Apr 14, 2014

    The ending scene gets its power from the introduction of family secrets, an old plot device, but Keatinge uses it effectively to shove things into adventure mode. The hook is effective, but the deeper suspense is in wondering what else Keatinge and del Duca have yet to reveal about the details of Kate's world. "Shutter" #1 is a strong debut. The characterization and structure are solid, if nothing radical, but the world-building and visuals are remarkable. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Culture Mass - Joshua Eubanks Dec 31, 1969

    With nuanced artwork and thoughtful questions of life experience, Shutter #1 has something for everyone. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - James Anders II Apr 9, 2014

    Shutter #1 is a good opening issue to a title that has the potential to be a real good one. The gauntlet has been dropped for young Kate and now she must decide what to do about it. Even with all of the adventures that she has already experienced. It looks like what happen s after here might just be the grandest adventures of them all as they look to be quite personal in their undertones. We shall see. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Apr 9, 2014

    Shutter #1 is a slow and mostly uneventful (until the end) start for the new series. There is certainly potential here and the events at the end do hint at something big and exciting coming soon, but it's not really exciting enough to really get the audience into the story. The artwork, however, is awesome and fits the style, design, and tone of the series quite well. Maybe not worth getting right away until there is more story, but definitely a title to keep your eye on in the meantime. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Apr 9, 2014

    For every two or three pages that we get to know Kate, and see how her world seems to be collapsing around her, we get a breathtaking splash page of a quasi-futuristic New York City, or a great interaction between Kate and a young fan of one of her books, or even an assault be illusionary purple ninjas. For all of that, minor issues that plague nearly all introductory issues to a series are hard to care about. Some people may be bother by all the little technical aspects that this book doesn't execute perfectly, but honestly, you really have to enjoy this issue for what it is, and what it is is the start to a series that could turn out to be really special. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comicosity - Roderick Ruth Apr 9, 2014

    This issue is a demonstration of Gestaltism in comics, where the sum of these creators is greater than all of their individual parts. Joe Keatinge, Leila Del Duca, Owen Gieni, and Ed Brisson combine to give a palpable comic with just enough promise and curiousity to keep readers on board and wanting more. This was a solid enough of an effort that I'm looking forward to seeing just where we go from this issue's cliffhanger as well as seeing more of the endearing past adventures and growing pains that Kate experienced with her father. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    CHUD - Devon Sanders Apr 12, 2014

    Shutter #1 with its strong characterization, gorgeous art and promise of adventure and legacy simply has me ready for more. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Booked - Cal Cleary Apr 9, 2014

    When Keatinge and Del Duca finally get to the plot in the book's closing pages, Shutter #1 falters a bit. Falters considerably, if I'm being honest. But those first eight pages or so are sheer pulp perfection, a flawless introduction to a character and her world, and the book stays strong for the bulk of the issue. If Keatinge and Del Duca can rediscover that initial energy (or dig deeper into the malaise of the present day) and refocus the book away from stereotypical adventure plotting, Shutter could become something truly special. As is, it's a mostly enjoyable first issue with an incredible amount of potential and a few flaws that could easily send the book careening down a disappointing path. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Zac Thompson Apr 9, 2014

    Powerful and exciting with a flavor of the mundane "Shutter" sadly takes its time in this first issue to develop its characters and world a little too much without a real focus on what Kates story is actually about. For now though, #1 offers a tantalizing tease of the larger world to come. Read Full Review

  • 6.3
    Geeked Out Nation - Mark Pritchard Apr 9, 2014

    How can I be so mean about such a lovely, unthreatening book? I must be a horrible person, but it was just a bit of fluff to me. There's nothing wrong with fluff, but this book wasn't especially exciting, creative or funny to me. If I want quality cute I'll read a copy of My Little Pony. It has better jokes, wackier characters and sillier, more creative plots. Shutter #1 is an exercise in cute that isn't that funny, creative, exciting or entertaining. It's okay as a bit of playful fluff, but that's about as excited as I can get about it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Apr 8, 2014

    There's a lot to like on the surface of Shutter #1 but it only feels like a rough introduction. Joe Keatinge has shown a penchant for writing strong female characters and he starts defining his lead but there are so many questions about the world of this story that some readers might become distracted. Newcomer Leila Del Duca demonstrates a knack of clean and consistent cartooning but her work is brought down by inconsistent colors from Owen Gieni. Shutter is a book on the cusp that will need a few issues to really hit its stride. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Big Comic Page - Jules Boyle Apr 8, 2014

    It's early doors with Shutter, so it might get going, but at the moment it's not doing much. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Front Towards Gamer - Lido Apr 8, 2014

    Tortured similes aside, needless to say I don't recommend Shutter. The main character is a truly distasteful "human" when she isn't just being boring, the comic delights in wasting your time with boring overdone drama and clichs, and it completely wastes its very imaginative artist, and overall the entire issue is smothered in smug self-awareness. Not only is Shutter awful, not only is Shutter horribly miss-focused, but it knows it and will take every chance it can get to rub it in your face how much they don't want to be interesting, and, really, screw that. Not recommended. Read Full Review

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