Rating if the Book Were a Movie: PG

, REVIEW: I Won’t Stop!, The Indie Comix Dispatch

Creator/Writer: David Whalen
Artist: David Whalen
Colors: David Whalen
Letters: David Whalen
Editor: Patrick Daniel
Publisher: Correct Handed Comics

Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages! We have a new superhero in town! His name is Spiral. He can fly and has enhanced vision like Superman. We’ll have to wait to see what other great things he’s capable of.  When we first meet Spiral he’s been going nonstop for 573 days. Fighting crime, being a good samaritan, or just old fashioned being a good role model for children everywhere, Spiral won’t stop.

We learn he has good reason to keep going. A year and a half ago Spiral lost everything. His parents and would be fiance (he was going to propose at dinner that night) were killed in a terrorist attack. Everything since that moment has been about doing the right thing and honoring the memory of those he’s lost.

On day 723 some of his fellow heroes try to have an intervention of sorts. They point out to Spiral that he has not slept in weeks. One of these times the lack of sleep will lead to a dangerous mistake. 

On day 1347 we see Spiral fight a villain named Professor Pinhead and things don’t exactly go according to plan. What happens when the man who won’t stop has to for a moment?

Artwork: .75 Stars

I liked how this cover portrays a hero that’s not afraid to take a beating. It reminded me of Captain America’s, “I can do this all day”. The artwork on the interior pages is well done. I liked how Professor Pinhead was portrayed.  

Story: .75 Stars

Spiral reminds me a lot of Superman. The key difference being I actually like Spiral. He has a personality. We get to see what drives and motivates him. I understand him carrying a torch over three and a half years later, but the occasional day off is understandable. I would have liked to see a few more details in the character development. For example, what’s Spiral’s real name?

Dialogue: .75 Stars

I really liked Spiral’s conversation with his friend Jim. It makes him more relatable. We all have that one friend that asks if you have really thought it through before things get to that level. The dialogue is also how we learn about how Spiral is so wrapped up in righting wrongs that he’s not sleeping.

Editing: .75 Stars

The lettering in this book is solid. The editor’s notes giving us a day count help show the passage of time quite nicely. 

Mechanics: .75 Stars

“I Won’t Stop” is easy to fall into. It has a very relatable character. You can’t help but feel bad for Spiral during the terrorist attack. Rather than a one shot I would have liked to see this book be a jumping off point for a series. I see a lot of  potential to build on this one.

“I Won’t Stop” is currently available in digital format on Amazon for $2.99. Physical copies are available for $3.99. In my opinion that’s a reasonable price to take a flyer on a new book. 

If you like it it’s money well spent. If “I Won’t Stop” ends up not being your thing, you’re out less than a cup of coffee at Starbucks AND you’ve helped support an independent comic book publisher. That makes it money well spent, too.