Written by Ed Brubaker
Art and Letters by Marcos Martin
Colors by Muntsa Vicente
Published by Image Comics (originally published digitally by Panel Syndicate)
That's the basic premise of the absolutely wonderful Friday. First published digitally through Panel Syndicate, this volume from Image Comics collects the first 3 issues of Friday.
For anyone who ever enjoyed reading those kid-mystery stories, or for
anyone who ever grew up and moved away from home and then came back and
it was weird, this is an absolute delight to read. Artist Marcos Martin
and color artist Muntsa Vicente perfectly create a charming, snowy New
England town where weirdness is lurking just under the surface. And
writer Ed Brubaker's script brings to life a wonderful combination of
teen angst, self-awareness, and genuine mystery and terror.
And Martin, as in many prior collaborations, has a fantastic partner in Vicente. Munsta uses a flat coloring technique that suits the older setting of the story and really gives the art a clasic and timeless feel. The colors are rich and bright and, while not "realistic", in most scenes they feel very real. Such as in the panels shown here, the color of the snow and the trees and the sky, contrasted with the glare of the flashlight, really creates the sense of walking through the woods on a snowy night. In other parts of the story, Vicente is equally adept at creating mood and atmosphere through color, such as sequences that feel more like a horror story, or pages that feel like a psychedelic vision. In all of these cases, Vicente's colors bring the story to life.
There are a lot of great ideas in Friday. So, come for the stunning art and mystery story, and stay for the coming-of-age and relationship drama (and again, the absolutely remarkable art).