Exquisite Corpse

Penelope Bagieu. First Second, $19.99 (128p) ISBN 978-1-62672-082-4
Bestselling French cartoonist Bagieu makes her English-language debut with this absorbing, fast-paced erotic literary drama. Twenty-something Zoe is frustrated by her unfulfilling relationship and her demeaning job as a product representative for trade shows, where she is routinely objectified by men. On a break, she spots a man in a window nearby and ends up entering his home. Because she's never even set foot in a bookstore, she doesn't recognize world-famous author Thomas Rocher. As her relationship with Rocher deepens, another woman who is still in his life (for mysterious reasons) complicates matters—and then the story takes an unexpected yet satisfying twist. Bagieu's character designs are brilliant, reflecting the emotions and energy of all the players, with a color scheme that highlights the mood in a loose, lively style. Though the ending comes out of left field, what comes before—a funny and fresh exploration of authorship and a writer's relationship to fame—is utterly charming. (May)
Reviewed on: 06/01/2015
Release date: 05/05/2015
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