In Ukrainian-American novelist Yuriy Tarnawsky’s new trilogy The Placebo Effect (JEF Books), the themes of alienation, abandonment, and fear of death, developed in Like Blood in Water and elaborated in The Future of Giraffes, respectively the first and second book of The Placebo Effect Trilogy, …
Milk Teeth #1
by Kate Lacour
20p, color, 6.75"x10.25"
Lacour blends the brutalities of mythology and nature into a tight comic fixated on ruthless femininity and anatomical detail. It's also a comic that wears its influences on its sleeve, half-stylizing itself to suit the fauna. I would say those choices work to a certain point, but also toe the line with contrivance. Where this comic truly shines is in its narrative remagining of the unreal - envisioning the tooth fairy as a parasitic wasp, or cherubic putti as operating with the biological processes of song birds. Milk Teeth excels at this kind of conceptual grafting in unexpected and thoroughly satifying ways. -EF