Review: ‘Getting It Together’ #1 Is The Fun, Edgy Sitcom We Need Right Now
by James Ferguson
Get ready for all the relationship drama you can handle.
Love and relationships can be complicated and that’s definitely the case in Getting it Together. Sam is reeling from his breakup with Lauren after they opened up their relationship and she jumped into bed with her bandmate. Jack (Lauren’s brother and Sam’s best friend) is stuck in the middle, trying to help them both, but he has some issues of his own. This it the kind of drama I need in my life, but not directly. I can live vicariously through these characters.
Getting it Together wastes no time getting to the root of each character. Within just a few pages, it’s like I’ve known these people my entire life. Writers Sina Grace and Omar Spahi do some brilliant work here. More importantly, I’m fully invested in what’s going on in their lives. I’m right there with them, even though I don’t have much in the way of common ground with any of them.
The story moves at a brisk pace, bouncing between characters so each one contributes something to move things along. This is an oversized issue, but it feels like even more than that. We got some full arcs in this opening chapter where a new wrinkle is introduced, dealt with, and moved past, all while developing the overarching narratives for each player.
Letterer Sean Konot adds to this, not just with great word balloon work, but in nice pop-ups of text messages. You get the sense that these folks’ lives are moving quick and we’re along for that ride. It never feels like we’re getting left behind.
Jenny D. Fine’s artwork is warm and welcoming, not to mention so very cool. This aids in the investment of the characters because they look and sound like people you’d want to hang out with. Even when one of them is being a jerk or unreasonable, you get it and you go along with it.
Grace illustrates the last few pages, but it’s a seamless handoff. By this point I was so wrapped up in the story that I didn’t notice the change in style. That’s saying something as swapping artists is a major pet peeve.
Colorist Mx. Struble establishes a great tone for each scene in Getting it Together. For example, when we open on Sam’s downward spiral, the colors are muted and darker, mirroring his sadness. Later on, when we get into Jack’s budding relationship, they’re brighter and livelier, showing the excitement he’s feeling. This works well with the artwork to pull you in.
Getting it Together is the fun, edgy sitcom we need right now. It hits on all fronts, with intriguing characters, sharp artwork, and so much drama. I love it.
Getting it Together #1 from Image Comics is currently available at your local comic shop and digitally through ComiXology and Amazon Kindle.