Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the comics posted so far!
Today we look at one of the brand-new queer anthology, Three #1, with stories by Robert Kirby (editor of the comic), Joey Alison Sayers and Eric Orner.
I’ve reviewed (and enjoyed) the work of Sayers and Kirby here in the past, so I was looking forward to reading this brand-new anthology, which is edited by Kirby. Each issue will feature three stories by three different queer comic book creators.
Eric Orner opens up the book with a fascinating look at what it is like to be a gay American (who never got around to learning Hebrew) living in Israel.
As you might imagine, there is this distinct sense of detachment for him, where if he loses track of a friend at a nightclub late at night, he’s pretty much all alone in an unfamiliar city where he does not know the language.
So when he begins seeing little pieces of graffiti writen in English, it sparks his imagination.
It’s a strong opener for the anthology, as Orner does a great job translating the experience of being a stranger in a strange land – living in the city while not really being a PART of it.
Joey Alison Sayers follows with a silly little fun (presumably true) story about what happens when she needs to pee while doing yardwork in the backyard of a rich person’s house.
The reaction of the home owner to her using the toilet leads to a hilarious series of jokes highlighting the often strange views that people can have of different “classes” of people (the owner of the house asks her if she flushed the toilet after using it).
Finally, the first issue of Three ends with a story by the editor, Robert Kirby, about a young man who feels ignored by his older boyfriend (a former teacher of the younger man, he almost feels as though he is there to be his boyfriend’s caregiver – make sure he takes his pills, etc.). Feeling like he practically doesn’t exist, he decides to go off into New York City and “run away.”
There’s an especially powerful sequence where he discovers an “orphan” three-legged dog, and after making a discovery about the dog that dispels his original take on the animal, he essentially realizes the downsides of freedom.
It’s a sobering experience, in total, but a well-presented one.
Speaking of well-presented, Three #1 LOOKS really good. The colors pop, the presentation is nice, it’s definitely worth picking up. Here is the website for the book, along with a place where you can order it.