Review: Lost Soul, Be At Peace
Depression is one of those issues that are usually dealt with at arm’s length. This is because, like so many things, isn’t understood by the vast majority. It’s considered taboo to discuss in ways. It’s a condition that so many people have experience with or know someone who does, yet we shy away from it. What most people don’t know is that people who do suffer from it, is that never really goes away.
Like most ailments, it’s a daily struggle where one bad day can make that malady even worse. One of the hardest parts of depression is what happens after depression. Its rarely ever explored or even dealt with in art. This is why Maggie Thrash’s second memoir, Lost Soul, Be At Peace is a welcome entry into the art form. We get to see the protagonist before and after her battle with depression.
We meet Maggie, a year and a half after a life altering event affected her life. Unfortunately, for Maggie, she feels invisible in her own home, as her father is a workaholic and her mother are more concerned with being a socialite and she is in a deep depression, one that consumes her every waking hour. Her only solace is her cat, Tommi, who disappears one day which leads Maggie to look for him and makes her realize a few things about herself. By book’s end, Maggie comes to some realizations, becomes closer to her parents and eventually embracing who she is now.
The graphic memoir is an engaging story that is at times personal and heartbreaking and at other times it’s downright funny. The story by Thrash is vulnerable, funny, and heartfelt. The art by Thrash is breathtaking. Altogether, it’s an excellent graphic memoir that both deals directly with the issue of depression and tells this story so well.
Story: Maggie Thrash Art: Maggie Thrash
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy