Love Everlasting, Vol. 1

Image Comics. Feb. 2023. 136p. ISBN 9781534324640. pap. $16.99. PARANORMAL ROMANCE
Sometime in the 1950s, Joan Peterson moves from Indiana to New York City and falls in love with her best friend’s boyfriend, George. Actually, it’s the 1960s, and Joan Peterson rebels against her domineering father by exploring Greenwich Village, where she falls in love with a freewheeling folk musician. No, actually Joan is at the center of a love triangle in the old west. Maybe she’s a maid in the Abbey, pining for the Lord of the Manor—or maybe Joan Peterson is being shunted between realities, forced to live through an apparently endless series of melodramatic love affairs. But who would have the power to put her in such a situation, and why would they do such a thing? Also, there’s a gun-toting masked man apparently chasing her through time and space. This edition collects the first story arc in an ongoing series originally published on Substack.
VERDICT King (Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow) and Charretier’s (Department of Truth, Vol. 3) gripping mystery subverts the romance-comic genre but still delivers genuine romantic melodrama. An uncommonly compelling first volume.
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