Change #4 Review

Will W-2 find out what happened to his wife?

The official description from Image:

Everything drowns. Some patients can’t be saved.
What if the hardest thing you ever had to do was to look yourself in the eyes?
This is where it ends.

I’ll be honest, this was one of the hardest comics I’ve ever attempted to understand. Usually titles just show you what they’re about and I knew with this one that wouldn’t be the case. So I cleared my head and re-read it with an open mind and I’m glad I did. I went back and forth deciding if scenes were literal or symbolic but with a tale where one of the main characters has a tumor on the back of his head that talks, you can understand how I wavered between what was literal and what was not.

Writer Ales Kot takes us into a world of reflection, missed opportunities, and forgiveness.  We regret those phone calls we didn’t answer. We feel remorse over never showing love and putting up walls.  There’s the pain of losing someone and it hurts so much that you feel it physically. That’s only the surface. I’m quite sure that I don’t fully understand what he’s trying to convey but this comic will be discussed for a very long time due to the different interpretations this story could yield. I hope he never gives an explanation and leaves it up to the reader to decide what this literary work meant to them.

Morgan Jeske & Sloane Leong handle the art with Jordie Bellaire assisting on the cover. The penciling were a huge part of the core of the story. The longer I stared at them, the more I was able to get into every scene and every flashback. Although it was not my preferred style it went with the comic well and it was haunting to say the least.

This series is definitely not for everyone. It’s something you pick up, read and understand immediately though your own interpretation despite its difficult nature.  I’ll leave you with a sample of this tale to give you a taste of what it offers.  I took these sentences initially as positive, but when I went back and reread them, they became pessimistic: “Nothing is too beautiful to happen. Nothing is too good to last.”


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