That there is life yet in the good ol' floppy, saddle-stitched comic book is amply testified to in the first two issues of Mike Bertino's Trigger (And, while we're at it, in the first two issues of Michael DeForge's Lose, as well [the first of which is already out of print – note to collectors: you snooze, you lose.]. So: 2 + 2 = ...something, we're just not sure what, yet.). Bertino demonstrates solid control and surprising range in the three stories and two covers that comprise the first issue. The first impression made by the front cover is a "let it all hang out" art-comic kind of vibe, but the first story, "Grown Ups, part one" quickly has the reader questioning their initial judgement as it is a finely nuanced slice of life tale. The next, "Flannels Are Cool Again," is a spirited adolescent romp that could be taken to be a look at what was lost by the "grown ups" whose story preceded this. And, then, there's "Below Us," a completely realized tale of the struggle for sanity that, while somewhat reminiscent of Sammy Harkham's work, packs quite a punch and is entirely successful on its own terms. Get this before it's gone, we say. Recommended!