Trish Out of Water #1 (Aspen)


Rating: 4/5 – Strong debut; what happens when Trish goes IN the water?

Another of Aspen’s “10 for 10” comics, the full length 1st issue is only $1, so people should be checking these out just in the spirit of trying new things.  Only a buck!  Very low risk!

This is one of my favorites stories in the “10 for 10” sequence so far.   Trish has “teenage girl” problems.  School, parents who fight, what parties to attend…. definite 1st world suburbanite problems.  BUT (and you knew there’d be a ‘but”) something’s going to mess that all up.  You’ve got a clue in the title of the book.  There is something about Trish and water….   PLUS, those arguing parents?  That won’t last.

I don’t want to spoil the story, giving any kind of recap beyond what I’ve said above will ruin the reading experience.  Oh yeah, the book costs $1.  Go buy one and read it…

Writer Vince Hernandez hits some strong story beats in this issue.  The mystery of “what the deal with Trish?” is set up.  We get several hints, some very shocking scenes, and a strong cliffhanger that has me anxious to see what happens next.  The art by Giuseppe Cafaro is not inked, it’s pencils direct to colors (by Ruben Curto and Studio Parlapa), and this knocked the rating down a bit for me, but that’s purely personal taste, I do like inked art.  While strong inking could have helped here, a heavy handed inking job could have really muddied things up.  Who’s to say, maybe the pencils direct to color was the right route for this book.

This book is on my pull list and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next, I’d highly recommend trying out this issue if your shop is carrying it.

Reviewed by: Bob Bretall – Covering the full spectrum of comics culture

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