Snap Flash Hustle #1

Written by Pat Shand

Art by Emily Pearson

THE DEAL: Haley is a 20-something girl with a mountain of debt and even higher expectations. Marriage, work, and adulthood have lost their shine already, and her addiction to attention has driven her into one of the most cutthroat industries in the modern age: social media modelling. Trouble is, the age of Instagram has made the whole world her competition – but a secret hashtag could be the route to stardom … if she’s willing to go all the way.

THE GOOD: I gotta tell you, I’m not a fan of social media, so I approached this one with more skepticism than usual. I’m happy to say that I was wrong – this is how you tell a modern story about youth in North America. It’s much harder than most people think to write a compelling comic without fireballs and lasers in the mix, and Shand weaves together all the right threads to keep the pages turning. A polyamorous relationship, the stress of finance, shady agents and even shadier photo shoots highlight the complexities of modern life without catering to stereotypes. The characters are honestly portrayed, the struggles relatable, the plot twists intriguing. I’m going to be keeping up with this comic as it moves forward.

THE BAD: I think the criticisms here come down to preference. If you’re not into day-in-a-life comics, this one probably isn’t your speed, but it’s really well-written and the art and lettering are solid. If you have a comfort zone, this might get you out of it – or strengthen your convictions.

4 stars out of 5

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Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments, and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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