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Review: Web of Lives Collection 1

The world has both progressed and regressed in many ways over the last few decades. The fight for visibility and acceptance seems like an almost eternal struggle for so many. Members of the LGBTQ community know this fight all too well. The choice to either live out loud or in silence carries consequences for them both and can weigh heavily either way. They must risk the fear of their lives, of un-acceptance by loved ones, the dismissal by co-workers, and outright hate by some on society. The decision in how open to be can be impacted be all of that and more

As more of the maligned masses starts to grab streams of the spotlight that the world has denied until recently, their stories have started to enter the public conscience. These stories show the world that it is more than binary. It’s a kaleidoscope of love and choices. Though progress is a slowly bending arc, these struggles remain. In some ways they’re less harsh than in the past they remain. Some of these stories are told masterfully in Kristen P. EnosWeb Of Lives: The Collection Volume 1

In “Berserker,” a family moves into a new neighborhood, where a young girl, Casey who just so happens to be a tomboy, starts having feelings for a neighbor, Cynthia. As they grow older, both of them become closer, as Casey hides her feelings from Cindy, but a terrible ailment has rendered Casey unconscious, leaving her future uncertain. Casey comes out of a coma, still  not realizing why she passed out . Meanwhile, her parents and friends try to convince her to join the LGBTQ club, somewhere she can meet like personalities. Also, at a medical facility in New York, it seems as though some strange characters are very interested in Casey, for her physical traits. As she gets more comfortable in her skin, a boy picks on her for being gay resulting in retaliation. In “The Good Child,” Yoshiko, the daughter of a powerful Yakuza lord Master Watanabe, is shaken to the core as the family’s matriarch passes away. The Yakuza lord remarries someone close to him, his mistress while at the same time Yoshiko, is betrothed to an older man, one whose demure demeanor gives Yoshiko pause. As her wedding day approaches she feels a change in the wind. With her wedding day, her father ‘s enemies are the gate, as chaos ensues with an assault on the family mansion. Yoshiko soon realizes that everything is not what it seems and the attack was deliberate and was planned from the inside. Soon she finds out that her husband’s business partners are shadier than she originally perceived. She soon finds every man in her life, her husband and brother, have either has underestimated or undermined her, as such disregard has no place.

Overall, two very different stories which both show the struggles women both gay and straight. The stories are action packed, relatable,  and always intriguing. The art by creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, a a great book which shows how great a writer Kristen P. Enos is.

Story: Kristin P. Enos Art: Song Ye, Pablo Romero, and Howard Cruse
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Active Voice: The Comic Collection

In the world we live in, rapidly “being accepted,” is such a rare trait for humans to have. Suddenly, in our world, it has become so vogue to hate people. No longer are morals and good will, commonplace, but more of a trait that only exists in certain human beings and ones that people try to fake. As the recently passed Nelsan Ellis once said, “Being different makes me beautiful”.

Never has truer words been said and needs to be said especially in our current social and political climate which begs one to wonder are we seeing the decline of civilization? I like not to think so, I would like to think that people can accept everyone for who they are and we thrive because of our differences, not because of our shared commonalities. Recently, I heard of the PRISM awards, and was glad to hear of some of these comics that do not necessarily get the spotlight they deserve. One of those books was Active Voice – The Comic Collection, which incidentally started out a column.

In the first comic, “The Birth of An Activist,” P. Kristen Enos dives into what is not only an educational and horrifying look into racism and homophobia during the 1980s. In “First Day in The Sun.” Enos dives into the first LGBTQ parade they attended where they witnessed the beauty of queer diversity. In the comical “Mind Games,” Enos has multiple nightmares, where they dream of living a societal conformant life. In “The Republican Toastmaster,” Enos dives into a Toastmaster meeting, where everyone gets to do a speech, and one of them being clearly biased against LGBTQ individuals, infuriates them to the point where Enos introduced themselves as a Lesbian. In one of my favorite stories from the collection, “Above and Beyond,” Enos dives into a classmate’s unspoken family connections where her mother never identified to her children that was a Lesbian, despite the numerous clues, which leads her to be a minor sleuth.

Overall, an excellent collection of stories, although I highlighted a few of the stories, every one of the is equally germane and powerful, which just so happens to be true and allows to reader to check themselves in their behaviors and attitudes. The stories by Enos, is funny, smart, eye opening and very much relevant. Altogether, an interesting set of stories that will give the reader, a better understanding of who we are as humans.

Story: P. Kristen Enos and Heidi Ho
Art: Derek Chua, Leesamarie Croal, Casandra Grullon, Beth Varni, Dan Parent
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy