Written, colored, and lettered by S. Steven Struble. Drawn by Sina Grace.
One lesson for lovelorn geeks: the beauty who’s sitting across from you on your date may be goofier than you are.
The final page of LDB #12 where Spike asks LDB out on a date put a smile on my face. It’s such a charming comic. Spike reveals her love of science and the unscientific origin of her name. LDB himself is designed like a rag doll which allows the readers to subconsciously insert their own image in place. But I don’t want to constantly visualize a much pudgier man for my own selfish amusement. LDB is fine as he is; he should realize that, too.
Alas, this comic wouldn’t be what it is without fate pulling the rug from LDB. This issue is light on plight, though. After LDB dreams of, I presume, the women of his past, including Jazz. He goes on, then completes, his date with Spike. Later, LDB is seen enjoying himself at his job in the theater. The complication of LDB and Spike’s relationship is brought up in the final pages. It’s handled in a natural way where the “surprise” isn’t a melodramatic swerve but LDB’s anxiety relapses.
Thankfully, this comic doesn’t get too self-indulgent on the geeky references. Grace’s art is just right. The dream sequence in the beginning, for instance, is fittingly blue. An LDB that’s drawn highly realistically would be bizarre. The enthusiasm imbued in LDB shows that good comics don’t have to be about superheroes, sci-fi, or horror.
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