"Glitterbomb : Volume 1 – Red Carpet" Trade Paperback Review
Written by Ali Chappell
Published by Image Comics
Originally published as Glitterbomb #1 - #4
Written by Jim Zub
Illustrated by Djibril Morrissette-Phan
Colored by K. Michael Russell
2017, 132 pages
Trade paperback released on March 1st, 2017
Jim Zub is a writer and artist from the great city of Toronto. Having spent fifteen years working in the comic book industry, Glitterbomb is the sixth series he has either created or co-created, along side titles such as Wayward and Skullkickers. Newcomer Djibril Morrissette-Phan, teams up with Zub in helping to create the monster within Farrah Durante. Colorist K. Michael Russell (Judge Dredd) brings the Glitterbomb artwork to life.
Glitterbomb is the sad sob story of a woman named Farrah Durante who used to be and still is a good actress but now she is 43-years-old and can’t get a single acting job; Hollywood does not look kindly on women over 40 who have not made a name for themselves by this point. We open on her losing her job and losing her chance at a new show. We are introduced the creature that lives within her when she takes a moment to herself at ocean side. The way we all would if we lived near the ocean. She hears a voice call to her from the water. Then a crazy creature embeds itself into her body. While she is still the same person afterwards, she has a new outlook on life. Through the actions of this other worldly beats living inside of her, she brutally murders boss after firing her and a homeless gentleman. She has a beast inside of her that is out for blood against those who have wronged her.
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The way you see her change through the art is done beautifully. When we first meet her, she is down on her luck. Just a single mom to Marty, trying to make a name for herself in a world of young women who are better and prettier. After the creature takes form in her body, you see her begin to brighten up. Suddenly the days aren’t so dark. Even her posture is better. Her son notices a difference but more importantly her babysitter, Kaydon, notices how she is different. Now those who have wronged her end up dead, killed in a brutal fashion by the claw-like appendages that spring from her mouth. Including a famous movie star, Cliff Stadden, she used to work with, the one who also ruined her chances. His untimely and grotesque death in the back of a limousine after a deep kiss from Farrah. They hold a gala in his honor, where she shows up at. This is where she spreads her abilities to others and the night becomes theirs.
The idea that within a 24-hour period she learns how to control this demon living within her, gives an illusion that either its taking over quicker than we thought and holding her subconscious hostage. Or if she learned how to control and harness its magnitude quickly. Either way, this is her moment of vengeance towards those who have wronged her.
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The babysitter, Kaydon, is a character of great interest. She comes from a lower-class family, striving for the spot. Much like our leading lady would have when she was her age. While she complains about her job and about Farrah, she sticks around in hopes that this failing actress would help her get her big break in fame.
The artwork stands alone. It hosts a mixture of the glitz and glam Hollywood with the dark monster that controls her. Illustrator Djibril Morrisette-Phan and colorist K. Michael Russell do an amazing job of giving our heroin many dimensions of emotions. It’s almost as if you can see her thought process through the ink. The artwork of the character’s emotions is beautiful. You feel how run down she is. You feel the power surge through her as the creature takes over.
Glitterbomb is a welcome change to the plotline of struggling actress takes revenge. This is revenge that can shake Hollywood right to its core and hopefully that is what comes with the following issues.