Review: Li’l Depressed Boy: Supposed to be There Too #2

Once again, a new month means a new bit of small advancements in the life of Li’l Depressed Boy. Anyone familiar with Steven S. Struble and Sina Grace’s Li’l Depressed Boy, a series about the romantic escapades of a sack-doll who oddly fits into human’s world, probably knows that these small advancements in plot do not mean little progress in keeping readers’ attention. Like most issues of Li’l Depressed Boy, not much happens in the twenty-something pages, but everything that does is done with an intense amount of nuanced emotion. Because of this, LDP is a difficult book to analyze and critique, but the good news is that it is never difficult to enjoy. The latest issue, #2, is another great comic with its fair share of emotional highs and lows.

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This issue sees development on LDB’s current relationship, building off of the previous issue’s exploration of LDB’s bad memories of, and potential residual feelings for, his ex. The constantly inevitable nature of this comic’s bummers means that readers can never be sure how a certain situation is going to pan out for the protagonist. It turns out, this issue gives LDB reason to smile; that smiling is infectious. LDB is a sad reflection of distress related to romance, but it can also be awfully sweet.

LDB’s troubles with his job take up the majority of the issue and it ends up being quite compelling. The duo of Struble and Grace manage to squeeze out a lot of stress and dread from the process LDB goes through in reporting a co-worker for assaulting him. A set of two pages devoted to the poor sack-doll pacing and sitting around in the halls, waiting for a response from behind the door is a particular highlight. In the end, the frustration is palpable and the big cliff-hanger is earned.

Li’l Depressed Boy is a series that isn’t afraid to take its time, which is perhaps the most remarkable thing about it. Small, relatively inconsequential happenings are played out in multiple panels, sometimes across pages. At one point, LDB walks home listening to music with a simple, happy smile on his face, and a pretty sky behind him. This issue is representative of a series that breaks convention by seeing the emotion in little things as infinitely compelling and fascinating.

Story: Steven Struble Art: Sina Grace
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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