Comic Review: Youth #1 (Comixology)

Youth #1, available direct from Comixology as a Comixology Original, is a powerful comic. Writer and editor Curt Pires ushers us directly into this story of young people in the […]

Youth #1, available direct from Comixology as a Comixology Original, is a powerful comic.

Writer and editor Curt Pires ushers us directly into this story of young people in the US in Chapter One: Nostalgia Overdrive. Frank and River, both ‘disaffected’ queer males in a small community, are each having a bad day. Frank, a fast-food chef, is being mistreated on the job. River is slacking at home, but his stepfather has had enough. It’s time for them to hit the road together, and we all know what these two are going to do: get in trouble.

Pires nails the pace, atmosphere, and dialogue. The goings are totally engrossing; you won’t want to put this one down. The range of characters and situations are well-choreographed for maximum party drama: you think you know your friends until you see them getting wasted!

Artist Alex Diotto’s heavy line and simple renderings are more than just simple drawings. The panels contain the narrative, the flow from panel to panel is exquisite. The settings, the views of the surroundings, the amount of information in each panel, these are a few of my favourite things! Pages have one panel or 11 panels, who cares? One dialogue balloon on a page! This is all so fresh, so adventurous! The colour by Dee Cunniffe is subdued. Tones of despair, brief flares of drama, and gasoline! Moving the story along without fuss!

Can’t wait for issue 2! Oh, wait, it’s legit out any day now! Pick up Youth issue 1, and we’ll see you in a bit!
Available as part of comiXology Unlimited, Kindle Unlimited, and Prime Reading.

Comixology Original, Youth #1, $1.99 for 31 pages of content. Assume Teen +

Alan Spinney

About Alan Spinney

After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!