Wednesday, March 17, 2021

"Maria Llovet's Eros/Psyche," #1 is Deeply Affecting and Eerie


Throughout the first issue of, "Maria Llovet's Eros/Psyche," which is published by Ablaze, there is a major feeling of dread that creeps in. A girl named Sara joins a strange institution known as the, "Rose School," after passing an entry test. Within this all-girls school, she meets Silje. They become friends and have some stirrings of romance too. Sara keeps working hard at this strange school with its odd rules and customs, and the story proceeds with an almost dreamlike and otherworldly quality. Things feel strangely disconnected and off-kilter. Something is very clearly wrong. What exactly is going on is still a mystery as this is just the first issue, but it's an impactful debut.

Maria Llovet both writes and illustrates, with everything looking gorgeous. From creepy abandoned buildings in forests to groups of students sitting around discussing their cryptic homework, every page is a treat for the eyes. The art is what gives everything its, "Oomph," without a doubt.

"Maria Llovet's Eros/Psyche," #1 is a stellar beginning for this latest project by Llovet. Between the eerie vibe that the story imparts and the amazing artwork, I'd recommend getting a copy. It is on sale today at all finer comic shops!

5 out of 5 stars.

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