REVIEW: ‘Adventures of a System Admin,’ Issue #3 – Inside Job

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Adventures of a System Admin #3 was written and created by Juan Espinosa with illustrations from El Santa and colors from Candela Grizutti. Previously, JJ Hernandez, or as our narrator calls him, Gordidon, started a new job at E.L.Y. as a system admin. However, after starting with his new team, JJ quickly realizes he is the most qualified person in the building. He’s quickly able to figure out solutions for hacked computers, spreading viruses, and so forth. As tensions grow high, with a few of JJ’s coworkers clearly jealous, JJ must stop an evil portal, created for phishing information, from bringing down the whole company.

As the team works together to stop the ongoing hack, JJ realizes during his weekend away that their building isn’t the only one with serious issues. As they investigate further, in between fixing mundane technical issues, the gang realizes the issue and hacker might be much closer to home than they originally thought.

This slice of life comic is incredibly relatable, especially for anyone who works in technology. Troubleshooting computer issues is often frustrating, especially when people forget simple things like their caps lock is on or where the USB goes. Additionally, JJ’s co-workers have familiar personalities. Everyone who has ever worked in an office knows someone who really shouldn’t be there – whether they are not qualified or just lazy.

The overall story itself, while seeming mundane, ends on enough of a cliffhanger to keep readers engaged. It’s like hanging out by the watercooler for a few minutes more because you want to get the scoop on all the office drama.

The shining star of Adventures of a System Admin #3 is El Santa’s artwork. The character designs work well and everyone looks different from each other, which is something artists can struggle with depending on their style. Additionally, Grizutti’s colors work extremely well with El Santa’s designs. Some artists and colorist struggle with creating characters of color but that is not an issue here. And considering the diverse cast of characters in this comic, that is extremely important to get right.

Overall, Adventures of a System Admin #3 is a fun adventure into the world of being in IT support. The beautiful art feels fresh and so different from anything else on shelves today. My only qualm with the book is at times the lettering is too big and takes over most of the panel. That being said, that is a small nitpick and not nearly enough to discourage me from not picking up the next issue when it drops.

Adventures of a System Admin #3 is self-published and available on Kindle and Comixology.

Adventures of a System Admin #3
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TL;DR

Overall, Adventures of a System Admin #3 is a fun adventure into the world of being in IT support. The beautiful art feels fresh and so different from anything else on shelves today. My only qualm with the book is at times the lettering is too big and takes over most of the panel.