Rue has always known her mother was mad. Just one of those family quirks, you know? Rue knows she’s mad too (how else do you explain seeing men with deer heads and plants bowing to her mother), but unlike her mother, she can at least pretend she’s not. So when Rue’s mother disappears one night after an argument with her father, Rue has had a lot of practice in pretending everything is fine. But when the police come to arrest her father, it gets harder and harder to pretend.
With stunning artwork and engaging characters, The Good Neighbors tell a story about a young woman caught between two worlds and the choices she must make. Her world is in such upheaval that even asking questions (and having them answered) can change everything. What will her decisions mean for every body around her?
Holly Black is very good at writing these dark stories, where the characters make questionable moral choices but are still deeply likeable. She does it again here, helped greatly by Ted Naifeh’s lovely art. Which is so good that I’m going to search out other things he’s worked on, just so I can look at more pretty pictures. On the whole, very nice little graphic novels you could probably knock out in one rainy afternoon.