I Love Trouble #1
Written by Kel Symons
Illustrated by Mark A. Robinson
Colored by Paul Little
Lettered by Pat Brosseau
Review by Joey Braccino
As a debut issue, I Love Trouble has a lot of things going for it. Kel Symon writes one heck of an “origin” tale for newly-super-powered Felicia Castillo, imbuing the script with witty, brisk dialogue and innuendo. Mark A. Robinson’s stylized illustrations evoke the exaggerated artistic stylings of fan favorites Chris Bachalo and Nick Bradshaw. Paul Little’s desaturated washes perfectly accent Robinson’s aforementioned kinetic illustrations, producing a vibrant, striking visual experience. And finally, Pat Brosseau’s lettering fits neatly into yellow word bubbles. I kid you not. Yellow word bubbles. And all those evocations to Deadpool you’re getting right now? Not that far off. I Love Trouble is a fascinating little superheroic/mobster comic with equal parts humor, grit, and flair.
Our story begins with Felicia Castillo gaining her “Blink” powers (think Wiccan’s “idontwanttobehere” powers combined with… Blink’s mutant teleportation powers) during a mid-air plane implosion. Now, I was able to get past those glaring similarities between Felicia’s powers and our semi-obscure-though-cult-classic merry Marvel characters because Symons’ story is so darn fun. Castillo is a down-on-her-luck, small-time criminal who owes a big-time, seedy mob boss named Moreaux a lot of money. And, as always, hilarity ensues.
Robinson and Little’s artwork is richly engrossing. There are some moments of fantastic innovation, including representations of Felicia’s “Blinking” powers and some wonderful onomatopoeic bits, making for a visually engaging read.
Pick it up. Another spectacular start to a creator-owned series from Image Comics. Kel Symons and Mark A. Robinson have set up an interesting story, and the story promises some worthwhile developments down the line! (Also, the art is gorgeous)