High school kids now get into all new kinds of trouble. It’s just not the same as back in the 80s when some friends decide to rob the biggest mobster in Miami. I just watched movies and went to Taco Bell.
Dry Foot #1 introduces us to this small group of friends. They do everything together and clearly share a strong bond. It’s so strong that when one of them suggests such a crazy heist, they all go in for it. Writer Jarred Lujan does a great job outlining the personalities of each member of the group so you have an idea as to the dynamic between them.
More importantly, Lujan provides insight into why this insane idea is worth doing from each of their perspectives. This is shown with glimpses of their home life as well in addition to their time together. They’re all searching for something and this could be the path to it, however dangerous it may be.
Letterer Justin Birch adds to this, particularly when the kids are talking to each other on walkie-talkies after they get home. This further adds to the connection they share, showing how they continue the conversation even when they’re in different places.
This helps explain why they might do something like this robbery, but I’m still not entirely sold on it. There are some more dots that need connecting here as it seems out of place for a group of kids to do something like this. Since this is only the first issue, there’s obviously room to explore this.
The personalities of each character shine through in artist Orlando Caicedo’s work. For example, Angel is a gentle, yet strong young man. Sure, he’s capable of knocking out anyone that says anything out of line to one of his friends, but he’s got a kind soul. Violence is not his first instinct and it shows.
The one downside to the artwork is that anatomy can be a little off at times. People stand in awkward positions or their limbs bend too much.
While this is a heist book, it’s not getting into the shadows just yet. I have to wonder if we will get to something like that given how strong of a presence Miami is throughout Dry Foot. Colorist Warnia Sahadewa makes you feel the heat of the sun in every scene, even after it goes down. This is a bright city.
Dry Foot establishes its foundation with its debut issue, showcasing the strong bond between a group of friends as they embark on an adventure of a lifetime. Sure, it’s full of danger and there’s a good chance they won’t make it through unscathed, but they’re willing to risk that for the sake of their friendship.
Dry Foot #1 from Mad Cave Studios is currently available at your local comic shop.