Glitterbomb is the about a middle-aged actress named Farrah Durante who is desperately searching for her next role in Hollywood where youth is preferred over experience. Her emotional distress and frustrations attract something disturbing from the deep water that is looking to clean up the scum of the entertainment industry and the celebrity-crazed culture in general.
Writer Jim Zub (Wayward, Thunderbolts) and artist Djibril Morissette-Phan (The Ultimates, Archie) let you know in the first few pages the type of comic this is going to be which is gritty and raw. Some excellent opening dialogue with Farrah talking to her scum bag agent and the skill of Morissette’s art is evident right away.
We learn Farrah was once on a fairly popular TV called Space Farers about 20 years ago. It seemed to be the highlight and stifling of her career and turns out it wasn’t the greatest experience working on set with certain cast members.
On top of trying to find work to pay the bills and rent Farrah is a single mother to her four-year-old son Marty who is being constantly watched by his babysitter Kaydon. Kaydon watches him for long periods of time and Farrah is late with payments for her time and even late for compensation for the extra time.
This to me as an outsider from the Hollywood culture this comic seems like the most accurate depiction of how people treat each other and how business is handled. We all see bits and pieces of it in the media and online, but this feels authentic. I believe I read in an interview that Jim did that he said he had some friends or contacts that told him stories that helped influence Glitterbombs story.
It’s a very well-told story about real human emotions that deal with rejection, finding something you thought you have lost, resentment, hatred, jealously and insecurity. You really feel bad for Farrah then all of a sudden towards the end of the arc you go wow this is going to be interesting.
Glitterbomb Vol 1 is a part of Image Comics $9.99 (USD) initiative for first volume trade collections that they started a few years ago which is great It’s Certainly worth the price. The art, lettering, colours and writing are on point and is a different comic experience I enjoyed.
The next arc in the Glitterbomb universe will be “The Fame Game.”. The first issue will be out September 30th, 2017. You can pre-order now at your local comic shops.
If you missed the single issues of volume 1 pick up this trade and get caught up in time for the release of The Fame Game, you will not be disappointed.
If you are an aspiring comic book writer (like myself) or artist check out Jim Zub’s blog about the creative process, the economics of comics, how to “break in” to the business and more here