After Thomas’s mother dies, his father suffers from survivor guilt and depression. He is hospitalized and this comic tells that story from Thomas’s eyes as a child. I’ve read a lot of comics like this lately and I haven’t reviewed any of them because I so often find myself at a loss of words to describe anything about them. Not how they made me feel or if I enjoyed reading them.
Honestly, I sometimes feel myself close off to comics like this. The structure was so strange, it never allowed me to get involved in the story. I wanted to care about Thomas and his father’s story, but I couldn’t. Overall, I thought the art here suited the mood perfectly, but the story was sometimes confusing, perhaps intentionally to illustrate grief and depression. And the ending? The ending was just strange when you compared it to the rest of the book, to be honest.
Though I didn’t want to talk about this because it’s unfair to compare, it’s really hard to ignore Chris Ware’s influences on Mother, Come Home. I just like Ware’s work much more. They are different beasts in terms of storytelling – Ware’s most famous graphic novel, Jimmy Corrigan, Smartest Kid on Earth is huge and this is a slim book that covers a tenth of that space. All the same, if you are interested in the art, I’d recommend Chris Ware over this one.
In any case, if you are an avid reader of comics, Mother, Come Home should be on your list to read. But be prepared, it’s a difficult one and one that doesn’t ultimately live up to its promises.
So go read this!: now | tomorrow | next week | next month | next year | when you’ve exhausted your TBR pile
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