From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. In the first volume of Tyler's planned trilogy of graphic memoirs, she dug into the eruptive, violent memories of her father's WWII experiences while simultaneously dealing with a husband who decided to go find himself and leave her with a daughter to raise. This second volume is no less rich and overwhelming. Tyler gets back to the business of detailing her father's war stories--difficult given that he is "one of those guys who closed it off and never talked about it"--as well as coming to terms with her already touchy parents' increasingly ornery attitudes. Closing the circle somewhat is Tyler's concern over her daughter's troubled nature, which seems to mirror her own wild past. While the language of Chicago-raised and Cincinnati-based Tyler has a winningly self-deprecating Midwestern spareness to it, her art is a lavishly prepared kaleidoscope of watercolors and finely etched drawings, all composed to look like the greatest family photo album of all time. The story's honest self-revelations and humane evocations of family dramas are tremendously moving. Tyler's book could well leave readers simultaneously eager to see the third volume, but also nervous about the traumas, home front and war front, that it might contain. (Sept.) (c)
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In the second installment of her trilogy exploring her father’s WWII experiences and their lingering effects, Tyler delves deeper not just into the events of the war but also into other personal crises affecting her family. The titular collateral damage applies not just in the military sense but also to other unintended consequences, such as the effects that the brutal breakup of Tyler’s marriage had on her troubled teenage daughter. Despite widening the focus to encompass the hardships of other family members—particularly her mother, who suffered a trauma that rivals any battlefield experience—Tyler skillfully ties the various events that occurred over a span of five decades into a cohesive, affecting narrative. Her visual approach—supple ink drawings augmented by muted watercolor overlays—ideally conveys the jumble of harsh travails, loving moments, and resilient humor that characterizes not just Tyler’s life but universal experience. Tyler’s work represents autobiographical comics at their most personal, perceptive, and powerful. --Gordon Flagg