Shutter was one of the first graphic novels I really got into after reading Saga. Part of the draw for me is that some reviewers had compared it to Saga and called it a modern-day Indian Jones story. This story follows Kate Kristopher, a 27-year-old living in an alternate-reality New York City. She is well known for writing books about the adventures she used to have with her late father, Chris, and works as a photographer.
I’m caught up with all of the current issues (through #9) and the main theme through all of them is discovering the Kristopher family secret, which has something to do with the fact that Kate’s siblings are all of a sudden coming out of the woodwork. She thought she was an only child.
This world has a seemingly unlimited number of races. Skeletons, dragons, alligators, a talking Alarm Clock Cat, and things so strange I don’t even know what to call them. Shutter is non-stop action and it is so hard to drag your focus away once you start reading! I cannot wait to see where this story goes.
Leila Del Duca does a phenomenal job with the artwork. It is a borderline gothic style with tons of detail and deep, rich colors. Joe Keatinge does such an amazing job writing that I find myself wondering how he can find such perfect words to use, since it is a graphic novel thus the word count is very limited.