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Throwaways #1 Review

Throwaways #1 Review

  • Writer: Caitlin Kittredge
  • Artist: Steven Sanders
  • Letterer: Rachel Deering
  • Cover: Maiko Kuzunishi
  • Published by Image Comics

I like going into a comic not knowing anything beforehand, which I did with Throwaways. I didn't even know what the title meant in this context when I read it. After reading the issue, I don't have that much more clarity about the story, which is not a good start.

It opens with two ideas pulling me in completely directions. The beginning is an out of context action scene, immediately followed by a flashback to "4 hours earlier". I almost never like that time jump, but this one almost gets me to forgive it. We see Dean, a main character, using telekinetic powers, so I'm willing to cut it some slack. Dean does run into some other character problems as the story goes, so even that is in vain.

Dean from Throwaways #1, image drawn by Steven Sanders

As Dean gets drawn into the larger story, we meet Abby, our other main character. She was at Camp Cheshire, a military black site, and appears to have been brainwashed by them. There is almost enough to make me interested, when Abby contacts someone there and the story is making actual progress. Where it loses me is Dean's part in the story. He is targeted because of his father, who was somewhere between a terrorist and a cult leader. This is central to the story, and all the characters know the details. We don't know, but the story acts like we do, which makes this frustrating rather than intriguing.

What kept me along for the ride, even when frustrated with the story, was the visual side. It might seem obscure to love the panel layouts, but it sells the story. There is the right pacing in all the right beats, and just enough horror in the bloody moments that deserve it. This is all directed simply by how the panels are drawn, making you see what you need to see at just the right time.

I'm not calling this bad, just frustrating and incomplete. The job of the first issue is to get me interested in the next. While leaving dangling threads is a cheap way to get that reaction, it almost worked. I'm mildly interested in picking up the trade, but given that it will be months before then, I'm likely to have forgotten this series by then.

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