Writhe and Shine #1
[Uber Comics $4.00 US B&W]
Written & Illustrated by Robert Tritthardt
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Writhe and Shine #1I reviewed the Writhe and Shine Preview Ashcan a few months back and the full-sized comic simply expands the eight pages of story from the Ashcan. The main characters are Writhe, a new DJ at a local Goth club and his bald friend, Shine, also a Goth who is useful in introducing the reader to the New Orleans Goth scene. Shine’s ex-girlfriend, Demona (former Bastille DJ) and her slavish follower, Mitch have it in for Writhe and do their best to trash his reputation and stir the scene politics against him. Writhe, however, simply wants to play music in the club and not get involved in petty mind-games.

Writhe and Shine started as a mini-comic containing strips about the New Orleans Goth scene. Some of these one-page strips are included throughout this issue and most deal with the Goth lifestyle. The strips were funny but I would have preferred them at the end of the issue because they broke the flow of the main story.

I do like Tritthardt’s cartooning style quite a bit. Being a part of the Goth scene himself has allowed him to capture the look and feel with heavy use of black and a confident inking style. Sometimes books like this can suffer from the characters running together but I only had trouble keeping track of Mitch and that was mainly due to him going from dressing like a Blues Brother to being a vampire lord.

The problem that arose in the Preview is still with the full-sized comic, however. Too many times panels are taken up by huge exposition filled word balloons. Being a comic fan, I’d rather see that dialogue broken up into a page or two of words and pictures. The story would flow better and the panels wouldn’t end up looking quite so cramped. This tendency could be attributed to Tritthardt playing with the format and the need to get some personal Goth scene rants off his chest. As he produces more issues hopefully that will disappear.

Writhe and Shine #1 is an interesting look at the New Orleans Goth scene. The story telling needs some polish but the cartooning style is engaging and the characters have a lot of story potential.

If you can’t find this in your local comic shop, contact Robert Tritthardt, 828 Royal Street, PMB #247, New Orleans, LA 70116 or visit the Writhe and Shine web site at www.writheandshine.com for ordering information.