I dedicate this blog to comics in all forms, manga, autobio, superhero, art books, etc. And of course, since I need a challenge, I've decided that I'll read and write (short) reviews for 365 comics during 2015.
Sacred Heart starts out with a typical teenage story, a girl worried about her younger sister, living the punk life... Questions of gender, sexuality, drugs and friendship are explored, but with an overhanging threat of violence, not even punk violence, but some sort of divine justice or ...vengeance?
The story starts out right away with a dead body and the reaction to that body sets the tone for the rest of the story. Almost like magic realism, only with murder.
As I read on though the questions kept adding and growing more urgent. Just where were we? Where were all the adults? What was going on here? Why were these kids so disaffected by death?
There were many somewhat funny awkward moments that are reminiscent of coming-of-age teenage stories, but the atmosphere of the entire work has a darkness to it that kept me on edge, waiting for the awful truth to be revealed.
I enjoyed the ending, but I can't help but want to see more, to understand more. This is the type of comic that will reward further exploration and reading and would be good for a discussion.
I will look forward to reading more from Suburbia in the future.