Love As A Foreign Language Vol. 1

December 6, 2004 | Comics


Love As A Foreign Language Vol. 1
J. Torres, Eric Kim
Oni Press
$5.95 US (paperback)
*** 1/2 (out of five)

Korea is finally getting the best of Joel.
After 10 months as an English language teacher he is homesick for Toronto and fed up with the peculiar food, the bizarre TV shows and the pesky cockroach that keeps eluding him in his apartment.
But there’s this girl — this beautiful girl. And he keeps seeing her around.
Just as he’s at the end of his wits and ready to quit his job and head home, Joel finds out his dream girl, Hana is joining the staff at his school. But is that enough to make him stay?
Love As A Foreign Language, written by Toronto’s J. Torres and illustrated by Eric Kim, is a cute and clever cultural essay that is over far too fast. This first volume whets your appetite (and makes you crave Kimshi) and then leaves you hanging.
But the fate of Joel and his crush on Hana up in the air will likely be enough to make you come back for more.

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