"Glitterbomb: The Fame Game #4" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Image Comics
Written by Jim Zub
Illustrated by Djibril Morissette-Phan
Colored by K. Michael Russell
2017, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on December 27th, 2017
Kaydon Klay is staring down the darkness. A strange monster has chosen her for its next target to exact revenge on Hollywood and all its glitz and glamor. We've seen this play out once before with Kaydon's boss, the washed up actress Farrah Durante. That resulted in a complete bloodbath that also catapulted this young woman into the spotlight. Will we see a sequel of the ages?
This final issue of Glitterbomb: The Fame Game is like watching a train wreck in slow motion. I don't mean that to say the comic is bad. It's far from it. I mean that we know where this is going and all of Kaydon's actions leading up to it are like steps further down the path of destruction that she cannot stray from. She goes shopping for a new outfit and gets her hair done in preparation for her big TV interview. The studio will be packed with industry professionals, all hoping to get a piece of Kaydon during her fifteen minutes of fame. Each one aims to profit off of the bloodshed and mayhem that has led to this.
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Kaydon has done little to dissuade us from thinking this will lead towards another monster sighting. She's reveling in all this attention she's receiving, even though it comes as a result of Farrah's death and multiple homicides. At one point she turns and looks right at the reader (although she's really looking at her agent) and says, “This is what I've always wanted.”
This feeling of uneasy dread is amplified by Djibril Morissette-Phan's artwork. Kaydon always looks full of life and energy. She seems so innocent despite her yearning to be famous for being famous. The people around her, whether they're strangers looking for a selfie or her sleazeball agent, are cast in a darker light, as they're taking advantage of this young girl, trying to steal a piece of her spotlight for themselves.
Even other characters in Glitterbomb: The Fame Game realize that blood is in the air. Kaydon's mother breaks down just before her daughter gets on TV in fear of what she thinks might happen. No one will believe the detective that's been looking into this case when he says there's a monster on the loose. All of this spells an epic amount of foreboding.
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It's here where Glitterbomb: The Fame Game surprises you. There's a twist that you will not see and it takes the story in a very unexpected direction. As this is the second part of a planned trilogy, it leaves me very curious as to where the creators will take the book next. Writer Jim Zub has crafted a tense thriller of a comic that delivers a harsh look at how we deal with fame, both inside and out.
This is shown best in the diatribe the monster spouts as it faces Kaydon towards the end of the book. It's clear this is just the beginning for this creature. It intends to use this night as a launchpad for the mayhem and terror it means to rain down upon Tinseltown. It's a chilling delivery that's made even more so by Morissette-Phan's depiction of the beast, shown as a tattoo-covered, multiple-pierced woman with darkness for eyes and rows of jagged teeth for a mouth.
Colorist K. Michael Russell gives this scene some added flare from the bright bulbs of the dressing room. The monster is shown in clear, vibrant light, as it's ready for its close-up. There's no need to lurk in the shadows any longer.
Glitterbomb: The Fame Game is a timely, unsettling look at how we perceive fame in today's society. The phrase “If it bleeds, it leads” is very valid. It's created media that we're all guilty of consuming without thinking of the emotional and mental toll it is taking on those affected. It will have you thinking twice before tuning into the local news or clicking on that juicy headline.