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Tails Book 1 Paperback – September 4, 2012
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If you're very lucky, you stumble across something special. TAILS is at the perfect middle of that range of indie comics. The story, which is both fantastical and intensely personal, reads as if it was created by a seasoned author, while the traditionally-drawn art is crisp, clean, and lovely.
Young's eponymous alter-ego, "Ethan", suffers through life as an angry, under-appreciated and under-published comic book artist. Ethan's perception of his own self is so much bigger than his real world can contain, and eventually spills out into a fantasy world where he's the superhero that the city of his dreams needs.
All of that sounds like a fairly run-of-the-mill concept, but Young's deft handling of the story leaves one surprised and deeply moved. The character is unreliable as a boyfriend, a son, and a narrator, and Young lets us see the vast difference between Ethan's perception and the actions of everyone around him. The character is insecure, and dark, but at the same time, there is just enough vulnerability to him that you don't want to give up on him. He's broken, and the reasons for that are told in flashbacks and family arguments all throughout the story, but he also wants to be loved.
He just doesn't know how to make that happen.Read more ›