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Wished for a Better Ending
on May 20, 2013
This is a very clever idea for a book: a new STD appears among a group of teenagers. This particular STD causes the body to be "disfigured" in unpredictable and grotesque ways. A kid might grow a tail, or an extra mouth, or webbed fingers... It quickly makes these young people outcasts, who have to try to figure out what to do with themselves. Some try to hide their differences and fit in while others take to the woods and live on their own.
The artwork here is also very good. The story is told in black and white but much heavier on the black than the white. Some pages seem almost completely awash in ink with only pinpricks and slashes of white showing through to create the images. It is beautiful and eerie, completely appropriate to the story.
If there is a weakness here it is that the story doesn't quite live up to the set-up and the art. The plot builds only very gradually and the pay-off isn't really worth the time invested in getting to it. It felt like Mr. Burns got a bit weary, and ended things quickly with a cliché-ridden bow. Still, for the most part, there's a lot to enjoy.