‘Joyride #4’ Comic Review
Written by Jackson Lanzing & Collin Kelly; Art by Marcus To; Colors by Irma Kniviila; Letters by Jim Campbell
Friendship. That’s the main message in issue four of Boom! Studios Joyride. The last issue started to set up a few rifts between the main characters. Catrin and Uma are at odds after Uma discovered who Catrin truly is and who her father is. Wothout spoling too much, Catrin’s father is responsible for some major catastrophes and contributed to the reason that Uma and Dewydd wanted to leave Earth in the first place.
The resultant rift cause Dewydd to attempt to reason with Uma which results in a shocking revelation from Dewydd causing yet another rift. So this brings us to a point in the story where everyone is feeling isolated and alone. The arguments make sense and well-written to the point where they seem to flow naturally and the reasons behind them are perfectly understandable. This is one of the strengths that Lanzing and Kelly have shown in every issue thus far. They really know how to write these characters and make them seem believable and well-rounded. I can empathise with every characters point of view.
Of course, with friendship being the over-riding theme, events occur to test those relationships and a rescue attempt is mounted. We see Jorn, Dewydd’s older brother arriving and taking Dewydd and Catrin with the intention of taking them home. What happens next is a bit of dialogue between the brothers that sees Jorn perhaps realising who his brother actually is.
The art is up to the usual high quality that we see from Marcus To and Irma Kniviila. In particular, the first panel of this issue shows Uma in a spacesuit and, design-wise, is very evocative of a 1950’s comic strip such as Dan Dare. It’s a great first impression from a comic that routinely impresses with its visuals.
Yet again Boom! Studios more than holds it’s own against larger comics companies by focusing on the writing and character development while marrying it to some fantastic artwork. I haven’t regularly read a monthly comic for years and with Joyride and Power Rangers, Boom! Studios have definitely got my interest.