by Tee Franklin, Artist: Jenn St-Onge, Colourist: Joy San, Letterer: Cardinal Rae
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: February 20th, 2018
Rating: 5/5 Stars
This wonderful book is cute as hell, and I have a strong recommendation to check this out. It’s an adorable story, about two women who met at church bingo in 1963. However, with times being what they were, they are kept apart, and both Hazel and Mari marry young men. Decades later, they spot each other, again at a church bingo hall, and the two grandmothers realise what they have been missing all their lives.
This comic is beautiful, okay? The story is heartfelt, sweet and sad, as the women live full lives, but without that one crucial piece. The only thing I very slightly disliked was the ‘wrap around’ style story, which could have maybe been pulled off a touch better, but it’s a really minor complaint and didn’t affect my overall enjoyment.
I really liked the themes here, and the idea it’s never too late to be completely true to yourself, or how just because a new chapter of your life opens, it doesn’t mean you have to completely close the new one.
Even though this is a short graphic novel, it spans the lifetime of the two characters, and Hazel and Mari are endearing, relatable, and a joy to read about.
I really enjoyed this story, it’s a really sweet tale with an impactful ending, and works through love and family and following your heart. Again, I really do recommend this one. It does move a little fast at times, and I would have loved to have this be a little longer, and spend more time with the characters, but that’s kind of more a positive than a negative. It’s a fantastic read.