Review: Getting It Together Vol. 1
[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Publisher: Image Comics
Writers: Sina Grace and Omar Spahi
Artist: Jenny D. Fine and Sina Grace
Colorist: Mx. Struble
Back-Up Stories Artist: Erika Schnatz
Letterer: Sean Konot
Review by: Kendra Hale
Getting It Together Vol. 1 is a 132 page gathering of the first four issues and bonus tales. The series follows a group of friends and their different struggles and connections as they pass through their day-to-day, following their tales through issues like relationships and the fear of change. It touches on important issues like depression, not only healthy relationships, but sexual ones as well, while also covering a number of relatable topics, doing so in a respectful way.
Readers are introduced to Lauren and Sam, who are going through a break-up after an opening of their relationship led to an incident of cheating. Lauren’s brother Jack also happens to be Sam’s best friend. Jack’s just looking for the next good time. Throw in the drama of Lauren sleeping with the bassist in her Indie Rocker Band and you have a basis for a friend group ripple for days.
With Getting It Together Vol. 1, there are many positives to name. The way the books are written give the reader the feeling of immersing themselves into this group of friends. The situations don’t feel contrived, but instead flow naturally with real solutions and experiences being discussed. The artwork is unique and the way Jenny D. Fine and Sina Grace are able to express the spectrum of emotions for each of the characters is touching.
Speaking of eye candy, not only do we get some really good bonus stories, but the covers are so unique and gorgeous. They each feature different styles of art mediums that pay homage. My personal favorite are the clay figures of Annie and Lauren at the bar scene.
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Getting It Together succeeds in getting the real and genuine feelings to the forefront of the story telling. Nothing is forced and the flow of the story goes through to good conclusions. Also, another really nice touch are the definitions for terms or phrases that some readers may not understand. Overall, an engaging story that I hope continues on and on for a bit.
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