I am not one of those comic fans who are incensed by work for hire “corporate” comic companies like Marvel or DC. Nor am I one of those comic fans who endlessly praise creator owned works as the gold standard for creativity and artistic expression. Creator owned comics can be just as often done for less than altruistic reasons as anything by Marvel or DC. None of this has anything to do with this book or the creators involved in the making of it, this is just something that I have wanted to get off my chest. Having said that, lets take a look at this book.
SNAPSHOT (Image, 2013; Softcover)
Collects Snapshot Nos. 1-4 (cover dates February- May, 2013), originally published in Judge Dredd Megazine Nos. 322-330 (cover dates April 24, 2012- December 18, 2012)
Writer: Andy Diggle
Artist: Jock (a/k/a Mark Simpson)
Jake is a west coast teenager working at a comic shop who finds a smartphone on the ground while riding his bike to work one day. When he gets to work he finds a regular customer and friend waiting for him to open the store. They go through the phone and find pictures of a murder scene on the phone, and the phone only has one contact number in its phonebook. Then the phone rings and the voice on the other end claims to be a homicide detective who needs the phone for evidence. Jake, being a kid, and this being a comic, tells the obvious hitman where he is and agrees to let him come and get the phone.
Jake, to his credit, does try and go to the police...who then don't believe him. Things get pretty tricky to describe from here without being one of those asshole reviewers who give a scene by scene, blow by blow spoiler-filled synopsis. Snapshot is a well thought out, flawless story, the type of thing that my wife would watch on television and that I would skip to read more comic books. It's strange, I will read comic books about all kinds of things, but will watch very, very little television. I say this not as some moral or intellectually smug comment, I say it as a point of reference for how I spend my free time. I waste just as much time on entertainment as you do...and probably too much money.
Junk Food For Thought rating: 4.75 out of 5.
The OCD zone- Image makes nice trade paperbacks.
DVD-style Extras included in this book: I can tell you what is not included: The 2nd printing to #1 cover as well as the issue 1 Forbidden Planet retailer exclusive variant.
Paper rating: 4.75 out of 5. Nice coated stock with a slight sheen. Coated stock on black and white material can be a hit or miss, but with the amount of blacks and solids that this story has, coated stock was the way to go.
Binding rating: 4.25 out of 5. Perfect bound trade paperback.
Cardstock cover coating rating: 4.25 out of 5. The cover has that dull matte finish coating which I dislike but seems durable enough.