Title: Getting It Together, Vol. 1
Author: Sina Grace, Omar Spahi, Jenny Fine
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: Image Comics
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Release Date: March 30, 2021
Marvel Comics and GLAAD nominated award Iceman writer SINA GRACE and co-creator OMAR SPAHI deliver the all-new modern dramedy you didn’t know you needed! Sam and Jack are best friends, and Sam is dating Lauren, Jack’s indie rocker sister and roommate. Tensions skyrocket when Sam and Lauren open up their long-term relationship, sending social shockwaves through their friend group and the entire Bay Area, leaving poor Jack caught in the middle! Life gets pretty messy when you’re in your 20s and your friends are your family. Newcomer artist JENNY D. FINE shines in this series about love, friendship an rock n’ roll!
Collects GETTING IT TOGETHER #1-5
This graphic novel is about a group of friends in San Francisco. Sam and Jack are best friends, and Sam is dating Lauren, Jack’s sister. After Sam and Lauren decide to have an open relationship, Lauren sleeps with her her band mate. That devastates Sam, leading them to break up. Jack ends up in the middle of the break up, between his best friend and his sister. Meanwhile, Jack is constantly using dating apps to meet new guys. They all have lots of drama in their lives.
I was drawn to this graphic novel because of the cover, which resembles the cast of the tv show Friends. This story was also about a group of friends in their 20s, and it opened with a couple breaking up because one of them misunderstood what it meant to be “on a break.” However, that’s where the resemblance ended.
I couldn’t connect with any of the characters. There wasn’t a lot of plot either, other than them having random romantic encounters. The graphic novel began with Sam and Jack, but they had disappeared from the story by the end. Some plot points were so dramatic, I think they were just included for a shock factor, rather than actually moving the plot forward.
The art style changed, and improved, in the final chapter of the book. At the beginning, the images were less defined and detailed, which made many characters look alike. I’m not sure if it was part of the story or just in my advanced copy, but I wish the later art style was throughout the story.
Unfortunately, this graphic novel didn’t work for me.
Thank you Image Comics for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Have you read Getting It Together? What did you think of it?