12 Days

November 20, 2006 | Trades


12 Days
June Kim
Price $12.99/$9.99 US (Paperback)
**** (out of five)

It’s like some bizarre Forest Gump scene gone wrong: ashes with wine, ashes with juice, ash smoothies…
Jackie Yuen’s life is devastated when she finds out the former love of her life Noah (a girl) has been killed in a car wreck. In an effort to make peace with the loss, Jackie recruits Noah’s brother Nick to steal his sister’s ashes — so that Jackie can consume them over the course of 12 days.
OK, so it sounds strange, but it’s actually an idea based upon Queen Artemisia, who ruled Halicarnassus in 480 BC. When her husband died, she consumed his ashes so she could be a living mausoleum for him.
Writer/artist June Kim, best known for illustrating JET’s debut album cover, has created something touching and original in her first full-length graphic novel.
With a tender touch, Kim uses Artemisia’s show of devotion to examine love, death, friendship, loss and a score of other emotions that quickly help readers push past the yuck factor of a person scarfing down an ex-person.

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