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Joyride #4: Truly a Joy

Written by Tyler Kes on Wednesday, July 20 2016 and posted in Reviews

Joyride #4: Truly a Joy

If you don't mind a little teen angst, this is one of the most fun comics being produced right now.


Source: Boom! Studios

Written by Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly
Drawn by Marcus To
Colors by Irma Kniivila
Letters by Jim Campbell

Do you remember the first time someone really, truly disappointed you? Not like when you were a child and you didn't get something you really wanted for your birthday, but the first time you realized the world was total crap and that that extends to people, too. Even people you believed would never let you down.

That's basically what Uma is going through this issue.

It's one of the things children need to go through in order to become an adult, and it fits with the themes that Lanzing and Kelly are weaving in this series. When you are a teenager it feels like the world is out to get you, and sometimes it feels like the only people who understand you are the ones going through it with you. But even your friends are still people, and it's only a matter of time before they let you down as well. What you do after that happens is what really matters.

That's the situation Uma finds herself in, after her best bud Dewydd reveals some game-changing information. I'm not going to reveal what she does, but I am a fan of the way things play out. So far in the series Uma has been portrayed as someone who is always in the right, whether that is because of her moral standings or her manic pixie like belief in exploration and seizing the moment. What happens to her is going to be good for her character arc, and I am excited to see where it goes.

Uma isn't the only one who gets focus, as the back half of the issue spends a lot of time with Dewydd, whose family issues play out in spectacularly violent and fun ways. It is interesting how quickly Lanzing and Kelly made me care about these characters, and although this has been building for some time, I can say with total sincerity that I cannot wait until the next issue.

Special attention and praise should be paid to Marcus To, whose ability to express so much emotion and feeling makes this issue that much better. I think the area he excels at the most is probably his work along the character's mouths. There's a sequence of panels late in the issue that made stop for a second because I've seen that smile and those looks and it is rare to be captured as well as To does.

Of course the art wouldn't be as good without the colors by Kniivila. The opening splash page, featuring a floating Uma amidst the stars, wouldn't be nearly as effective if it weren't for the warm colors in use.

It's a bad pun, I'll admit, but Joyride is truly a joyous ride through these first four issues. Everything is firing on all cylinders. It's not the kind of book that you need to stop and ponder after you put it down in order to truly appreciate it, but it is a whole lot of fun. Which, really, isn't that what we are looking for?





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About the Author - Tyler Kes


Tyler Kes is from Minnesota, although he spent some time living in West Virginia, where he graduated from Marshall University in 2013. He spent some time honing his writing skills by working at a newspaper and then at a TV station, but now makes his living making tacos and writing about comics.
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