The Li’l Depressed Boy #12 carries on from May’s issue and sees LDB dealing with the crush he has on his manager at the movies, Spike. He has been unlucky in the lady department recently, so he is hesitant to act. As before, S. Steven Struble writes, colors and letters and Sina Grace works on pencils and inking.
This month’s misadventure with LDB sees him continuing to work at his job and getting into a daily grove. He cleans, he eats with his new friend Jimmy, and he gets an occasional ride home from Spike. While eating with his old friend Drew Blood, he talks about working at the movies and his new crush. Drew, always the supportive friend, tells LDB he needs to go for it and move on from Jazz. LDB finishes up at work and tries to work up the courage to ask Spike out. The stage is set. On the car ride home can LDB ask Spike out? Will he wimp out? Will he be depressed forever? You’ll be surprised how this one ends.
The Li’l Depressed Boy has a pretty rabid fanbase, and I can begin to see why. I said it with issue #11 and I’ll say it again- LDB has started to win me over. Struble writes all the teenage angst and awkwardness we all experience and puts it into the story of LDB. It’s hard not to relate to the character in some form or fashion. Sina Grace’s art matches the alt/indie feel of the book extremely well. The faceless and featureless LDB stands out among the characters because of his plainness. That sounds really deep and poetic, but the featureless character helps us feel for him even more.
Bottom Line: LDB #12 hits harder than the previous outing. I had a few nitpicks with 11, but those are all gone with this issue. This is the end of the third story arc and first emotional arc, and it sets things up nicely for the next installment. LDB is definitely one to check out if you aren’t already onboard. I give LDB #12 a 4/5.