Suburban Seattle, the mid-1970s. We learn from the outset that a strange plague has descended upon the area’s teenagers, transmitted by sexual contact. The disease is manifested any number of ways – from the hideously grotesque to the subtle (and concealable) – but once you’ve got it, that’s it. There’s no turning back. As we inhabit the heads of several key characters – some kids who have it, some who don’t, some who are about to get it – what unfolds isn’t the expected battle to fight the plague, or bring heightened awareness of it, or even to treat it.
A fascinating and eerie portrait of the nature of high-school alienation itself – the savagery, the cruelty, the relentless anxiety and ennui, the longing for escape. Stark and powerful, this is a graphic novel like nothing you’ve ever seen. A Charles Burn cult classic.