Dark Horse. Feb. 2022. 120p. ISBN 9781506726038. pap. $19.99. GRAPHIC NOVELS
Esme has always been afraid that she might disappear into the dark. To stave off sleep and darkness, the barista started drinking copious amounts of coffee—and discovered something strange. When Esme has caffeine in her system, she can see ghosts; when she has enough caffeine, everyone around her can start to see them too. With the emergence of a sinister ghost, a decades-old love triangle rises from the grave to complicate Esme’s already complicated courtship of the beautiful Brazilian heiress who will soon be selling the chain of coffee shops where Esme works. Identities shift and secrets are revealed through expressive, understated art by Brazilian Luiz (Prism Award–nominated for Figurinha) that is by turns gorgeous and grotesque.
VERDICT While Christmas’s (Tartarus) narrative and character development could have used more page-space to breathe, this paranormal lesbian romance (a digital graphic novel that’s collected here in print for the first time) is nevertheless a promising choice for libraries with a strong graphic novel readership.
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