GRAPHIC NOVELS

Parasocial

Image Comics Oct. 2023. 128p. ISBN 9781534399372. $18.99. HORROR
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e Campi and Henderson follow the success of their reimagining of vampire mythology, Dracula, Motherf//*//*ker!, with a stylish psychosexual thriller examining the dynamic between celebrities and their fans. When the long-running science-fiction television series in which he starred comes to an end, Luke Indiana finds himself out of work and scrambling to make ends meet. With an expensive divorce looming and few other options, Luke accepts an offer to attend a pop-culture convention in Texas. There he meets a particularly obsessed fan named Lily who seems harmless enough—until the next morning, when he wakes up tied to a chair in her kitchen. De Campi’s fast-paced script takes increasingly exciting twists while posing provocative questions about what celebrities owe to those who place them on a pedestal. Henderson varies her line quality and color palette from one scene to the next to evoke layers of subtext and depth of character as the story builds to its intense climax.
VERDICT A provocative and harrowing thriller with a distinct and passionately expressed perspective on the modern world.
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