Comic Book Review: The October Girl # 1 from #Monkeybrain
|The October Girl has a really great
cover, but what’s inside is even better.
The October Girl # 1 from Monkeybrain Comics is the sole creation of Matthew Dow Smith (both the writer and the artist). The story introduces us to Autumn Ackerman, a young woman working a dead end job at a coffee shop whose world view was destroyed when she found out that there was no magic in the world (more or less). She struggles to help her single mother make ends meet, but is generally drifting aimlessly through life, always trying to figure out where to go next, but never actually going anywhere.
Smith’s art is spot on. Black and white inks with blue highlights, Smith’s work is angular and heavily shaded which matches Autumn’s own ennui. It’s a very nice looking book that is very heavy on exposition. We spend our first issue with Ms. Ackerman learning about her home life and her disillusionment, but the prose is particularly well written and the reveal at the end has me super excited to see where Smith takes the book next.
Smith fits an impressive amount of exposition into the 10 pages of The October Girl # 1 and gives you a big reveal at the end to boot. I don’t even want to hint at it for fear that I would give something away, but – needless to say – it looks like this is going to be a very interesting series. If you only pick one book up from the Monkeybrain launch, it should be this one. The October Girl is available exclusively from Comixology for $.99.
Score: 9 out of 10