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Why Don't You Love Me?

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Paul B. Rainey


Page 45 Review by Stephen

Page 45 Comicbook Of The Month March 2023

The very first page (top of interior art to your right) contains my fav line in the book. No clues, but I read it the first time and howled with laughter. It reminded me of Patsy from Absolutely Fabulous at her most deliriously deadpan and indifferently oblivious. And both parents *are* an outrageous vaccuum of reckless, careless, callous negligence with zero sense of responsibility towards their children, each other or even themselves.

Evan Dorkin fans will love the laceration, and I was also minded of Sherwin Tija's PEDIGREE GIRLS (although it's a long time since I read that, so...)

I relished every panel of the first half of the book for exactly what it seemed. Relished! But you're in for even more. Something occurs halfway through and... yeah, when you come to read the first page and all that follows again...

"Claire and Mark are both plagued by the idea that their life is all a dream. When reports of an imminent nuclear war come on the radio, the truth begins to dawn on them: This is not the life they chose. Why Don't You Love Me? is a pitch-black comedy about marriage, alcoholism, depression, and mourning lost opportunities. Paul B. Rainey has created a hilariously terrifying alternate reality where confusion and pain might lead people to make bad choices but might also eventually led to freedom... maybe."