REVIEW: BAD LUCK CHUCK ISSUE 1
Writer: Lela Gwenn
Artist: Matthew Dow Smith
Colours: Kelly Fitzpatrick
Letters: Frank Cvetkovic
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Synopsis: Chuck has an unconventional power – bad luck. So what’s a girl to do when she’s a walking disaster? Commodify it, of course!
The Review: We’re introduced to Chuck as she’s doing exactly what she does best – letting entropy follow her around until bad things happen, in exchange, of course, for pay. That is the premise. Chuck discovered a way to monetize her bad luck and uses it for the usual things that you would use bad luck for – insurance fraud, ensuring the safe return of kidnapped children by burning down their captors’ houses. You know, the usual stuff. So the comic introduces this set up within the first three pages and keeps going. The pace of the book is breakneck, and I mean that in the best way possible. There is no wasted time in getting us right into the thick of things, and the bigger story arc is set up right within the first pages.
I really love the play of colors in the book. The warmness Kelly Fitzpatrick uses in her palettes even though the book is set at night is eye-catching, and nothing feels washed-out or sepia-toned and it’s a very welcome change. Matthew Dow Smith on art is an inspired choice and I love the shapes and shadows he uses to really give the world a noir feel and to make it seem like Chuck is a small fish in a big pond – things loom over her, and the expressiveness of the art reflects it.
I cannot praise this book enough, and it’s hard not to just tell you exactly what I loved without getting into spoilers and this is a book that I think everyone should try. Lela Gwenn weaves an intriguing and masterful story in 20 pages that left me dying for more. I cannot wait for the next issue to see exactly where Chuck’s luck takes her.