by Whitney Grace
What would happen if you found an abandoned smartphone and kept it? Jake Dobson finds out. When he plays around with the phone, he opens up the photos and discovers pictures of a dead body. Soon the phone’s owner shows up and attempts to kill Jake. He reacts in the proper way by freaking out and going to the police. His story doesn’t stick with the authorities when the hit man shows up and claims the body is a fake. Jake is still leery, epesically when his friend is killed by the hetman. Through all this time he still has the phone and he receives a call from a girl named Callie Twain. Together they uncover an secret organization and something that will change their lives forever.
Snapshot is the equivalent of an action movie in a comic book. Andy Diggle’s plot moves fast as Jake and Callie are thrown into a life threatening chase as they discover clues about the hit man and the organization he works for. Despite little information given about the main characters, they are fleshed out better than a long-winded narrative. The basic facts are enough to with each them, especially when their normalcy is tossed up side down. The ending is less than happy, but comparable to how real life works.
Jock’s art complements the story by being drawn in the style of a film noir or a black and white snapshot (hence the title). If Jock had used colors, the entire comic would have been bogged down with the inconsequential background details. Jock’s decision keeps the reader’s focus on the fast moving plot and builds character suspense.
Snapshot patterns itself after the action movie formula, but one reason those movies are so popular is for the same reason.