When Thalia gets caught up in an experiment to explore life after death, it’s both terrifying and what she’s always wanted. Is it good?
Thalia Rosewood is a receptionist at a funeral home, introverted, with a friend group she doesn’t really like, and an obsession with death. A seemingly chance meeting of a dying woman one night turns into her being chosen for an experiment, to become a euthanaut, someone who can cross from life to death and explore what happens after we die. Is any of this really happening to her?
Is It Good?
I had the opportunity to hear Tini Howard talk about this comic on a couple of panels at HeroesCon this year, and she said how personal this story is for her. It grew from her own obsession with death and what happens when you die. You can feel that personal connection throughout the story, with the slightly goth main character, the touches of humor, and the dream-like aspect of the structure of the story.
Howard has a great ear for dialogue, and it always feels very natural. This issue is chock-full of great exchanges; I especially got a kick out of Thalia’s douchey friend.
Nick Robles’s beautiful stylized art really brings the concept to life. Some art nouveau, a touch of horror, what looked like a little nod to Sandman — it fits the story perfectly. I love the blue melancholy tones matched with the bursts of orange throughout the main story – the orange balloon floating through scenes, and tying into Thalia’s helmet and line is a great example.
This book isn’t easy and it’s introducing a lot of questions before we get any answers, but it’s a challenge I’m very excited to follow.