What a strange comic. Ed Brisson’s setup for Sheltered is “ripped from the headlines”–survivalists holed up, scared Obama’s going to take their guns. These guns end up in the hands of teenagers and their responsible use of them suggests it’s unlikely Brisson’s actually doing a pro-survivalist comic.
He quickly establishes two cliches, outsider girls and insider boys. They don’t interact much; he must be saving establishing their relationships for later.
The adults–sometimes unintentionally I think–come off as lunatics. Artist Johnnie Christmas gives the camp leader this one crazy little panel and it really doesn’t fit his dialogue. Colors the scene an entirely different way.
The end is a bit of a surprise–it sets up the series, presumably. Brisson and Christmas pace it beautifully, even though it’s somewhat predictable. There’s one final, unexpected bit too. Brisson isn’t messing around.
Sheltered’s off to a good start.
Writer and letterer, Ed Brisson; artist, Johnnie Christmas; colorist, Shari Chankhamma; editor, Paul Allor; publisher, Image Comics.