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Holy Hannah

Uncivilized. Nov. 2019. 550p. ISBN 9781941250365. pap. $24.95. Rated: Teen+. f
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After devising an app that earns her a small fortune, software engineer Hannah drops out of society and embraces a life of relative seclusion in a small apartment above a café. As her savings dwindle and her need for company grows, she develops the new social media app Know Me. A chance encounter with her high school friend Adam results in Hannah agreeing to allow him to share Know Me with his fellow followers of the enigmatic Reverend Carpenter, head of the Church of Love and Devotion. The app proves the perfect method for spreading Reverend Carpenter’s teachings and supposed healing powers, leading to a swell in church membership. Soon, Hannah finds herself drawn into the flock and increasingly more comfortable sublimating her own will to serve the Reverend’s needs.
VERDICT Dinksi (Trying Not To Notice) borrows heavily from the life of charismatic cult leader Jim Jones and the tragic events at Jonestown to create commentary on social media and the dangers of group think, illustrated in a deceptively simple cartooning style that makes the inevitable tragic ending truly jarring.

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