Advance Review: Li’l Depressed Boy #16
“I’M IN LOVE WITH A GIRL NAMED SPIKE” Things get serious. Featuring a cover by the always-astounding G-MAN wunderkind, CHRIS GIARRUSSO.
It’s been a few months, but the Li’l Depressed Boy is back with the release of the 16th issue. The book, as always, features writing, coloring and lettering from Shaun Steven Struble with pencils and inks from Sina Grace. This issue features a special cover from Chris Giarrusso. Let’s dive right in. Was this issue worth the wait?
When last we saw LDB, things were going great. He was getting in a routine with his job at the movie theater and things were going really well with his new girlfriend and manager Spike. Things were going really well, too well in fact. Things took a turn when Toby, the other manager, saw the two making a public display of affection. This time Spike, LDB, and Toby are the only ones at the theater. It’s a big snow day. Just because all the workers call in doesn’t mean there isn’t work. When it snows, everyone in town thinks it’s a good opportunity to go out to the movies. Things are hectic and LDB has to take on new duties. Toby thinks it’s a great time to talk about the Spike/LDB relationship when the big boss man comes in to check on things. The people that called in are forced to come to work or lose their jobs just as LDB and Spike are forced into the office as they get questioned about what is going on between them. This issue more than any other makes you absolutely despise Toby. Is the jig finally up? LDB has been flying high, but is he getting ready to crash?
Struble continues to write a great story that takes LDB in a new direction. Things are going well, but all the LDB drama with its emotional highs and lows are still there. This issue continues to develop the new relationship between Spike and LDB and take it to a new level. Sina Grace’s art has been consistently good for the series. He really knows how to hit the emotional beats for both the story and what a specific character is going through. This issue also has a special announcement. The comic is going to be on hold for a while. The team is going to take some time to get things going so there aren’t any more multi-month delays. It’s a good decision in the long run. This arc is very good, but it does lose some momentum with upwards to three month delays.
Bottom Line: LDB continues to impress. This issue really expands the new relationship in LDB’s life. Struble and Grace have really hit their stride with the series. We’re going to have to wait a while for the next issue, but it will be worth it 4/5