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Black Hole reader ´ 368 pages É Suburban Seattle the mid 1970s We learn from the out set that a strange plague has descended upon the area’s teenagers transmitted by sexual contact The disease is manifested in any number of ways — from the hideously grotesue to the subtle and concealable — but once you’ve got it that’s it There’s no turnSuburban Seattle the mid 1970s We learn from the out set that a strange plague has descended upon the area’s teenagers transmitted by sexual contact The disease is manifested in any number of ways from the hideously grotesue to the subtle and concealable but once you’ve got it that’s it There’s no turning backAs we inhabit the heads of several key characters Adolescence as DiseaseCharles Burns’s Black Hole is a strange and somewhat disturbing graphic novel depicting some teens engaging in drinking smoking pot and sexual acts Ho hum eh It is also one of the best graphic novels and novels of any kind of the new century If a “black hole” is the effect of gravity pulling so hard on a site in space that light cannot get out the black hole of this particular summer of sex and drugs looks at times like it is a vortex you could not recover from I was creeped out about it in an initial reading 6 or 7 years ago but in close readings with summer and fall 2016 classes I began to see some warmth and compassion running through it The artwork is amazing and the disruptive and discontinuous representation of chronology of time is innovative and consistent with the disruption of adolescence Burns represents The story is set in one summer post high school graduation from a Seattle high school in the late seventies when Burns himself would have been graduating from a Seattle high school Four characters take center stage Chris Rob Keith and Eliza though a once bullied boy named Dave also plays a central role In the story young people begin to develop physical abnormalities as a result of developing sexual desire for someone or actually having sex with someone Some critics thought Burns might have been making a commentary on the AIDS crisis but Burns himself said it was generally about adolescence than just sexual awakening This transition to adulthood as Burns depicts it is infused with lots of drug usehallucinations and nightmares; while friendship is important in the story it is mainly a tale of desire fears confusion and what happens if you are in any sense different as you pass form childhood to adulthood The social distortion is matched by visual images of distorted bodies though images of the natural world—the sky trees ocean and physical beauty including bodies are also present and at some points not all restorative When I first read this story I thought it was just about a bunch of late seventies teens boys and girls growing up together but in this reading I think Chris and Eliza two young women are the main characters They are the primary ones experiencing the black holes of the title though others are also lost in this vortex as well It's a book in part about girls and all the complicated issues they face as they experience sexuality And there is the threat of violence and actual violence permeating the story It almost seems impossible terrain for these young women to navigate and they experience a range of both beautiful and terrible things sexually but we get some sense that it may be possible to as most of us do as difficult as it can be survive this trip to adulthood But as I see it the principal focus is on young women and how vulnerable they are during this time of lifeBlack Hole is a coming age novel of some complexity which I categorize as horror but which involves murder and insanity as one might expect from a book I call horror It does feature the supernatural and surreal these strange physical protuberances and there is psychedelia that obscures our sense of things at times but it is basically rooted in a familiar world we know and of adolescence It ends somewhat hopefully for some of the main characters as horror often can do Evil exists but it is human made evil preventable avoidable Black Hole is as difficult and challenging as any great post modern novel with visual representations that evoke the complexity of growing up instead of just words As a story it’s not “fun” but is also not so disturbing that you can’t learn from it about what it means to make the often difficult transition to adulthood Think of David Lynch and you are almost there but this is its own art a comics creation of real depth and power

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Some kids who have it some who don’t some who are about to get it what unfolds isn’t the expected battle to fight the plague or bring heightened awareness to it or even to treat it What we become witness to instead is a fascinating and eerie portrait of the nature of high school alienation itself the savagery the cruelty the relentless anxiety and ennui the l This graphic novel is so weird and twisted yet at the same time makes so much sense The first image below is just a taste of what you are getting into if you give this a tryStandard adult graphic novel warning the images in this book may be too disturbing for some There are depictions of violence sex nudity disfigurement etc Just putting that out there so if you see my 4 star rating and think that you usually agree with my ratings so you decide to try it you don't come back to me and saywhy Matthew WHY I cannot unsee these thingsNow that the warnings are behind us if you are open to some mind blowingly dark weirdness with some very good black and white imagery I think you will enjoy this experience Well this may be a case of enjoy not being the right word to use I will put it this way if you are always to tempted to click links claiming to show shocking images or actual footage of messed up stuff then you must click this bookI will close by saying I have definitely focused a lot on the weirdness of this graphic novel But in the midst of it all the symbolism of the human condition the complexities of difficult relationships and the struggles of forbidden desires all make appearances Several times I realized that I just read about and looked at images of something seemingly disturbing but upon further reflection made so much sense Often I could euate the scenario to real lifeYup real life is uite disturbing Maybe this book is not uite as out there as I have made it sound

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Black HoleOnging for escapeAnd then the murders startAs hypnotically beautiful as it is horrifying Black Hole transcends its genre by deftly exploring a specific American cultural moment in flux and the kids who are caught in it back when it wasn’t exactly cool to be a hippie any but Bowie was still just a little too weird To say nothing of sprouting horns and molting your skin A sexually transmitted disease is infecting teenagers a disease that mutates anyone that catches it But what happens to the people who catch the teenage plagueI'm a recent convert to Charles Burns so I was eager to try this his multiple award winner The awards were totally justified because Black Hole is awesomeSet in the Seattle suburbs of the 1970s Black Hole is the story of teenagers caught in a black hole of sex booze drugs and a plague that inflicts mutations on anyone who catches it Keith Rob and Chris are caught in its pull and may never escapeCharles Burns' '50s EC throwback art is simultaneously sensitive and grotesue depicting monstrous deformity teenage angst and gentler emotions with ease The use of blacks is moody as hell and the book has a claustrophobic feel at timesThe writing is superb Charles Burns clearly remembers what it's like to be a lovelorn sex crazed teenager The angst drug addled tales are all too familiar if you toss out the ever present threat of the sex plagueSpeaking of the sex plague it could be interpreted as the feeling of alienation a lot of teens feel at one time or another The afflicted separate themselves from the normals as they barely eke by eventually withering away and dyingI like that the story is told using shifting viewpoints and told in small morsels Keith was the character I latched onto although Chris and Rob had their moments There's no happy ending though Nobody magically comes up with a cure for the sex plague People just deal with it as best they canBlack Hole deserves every award it has won Five out of five sexually transmitted mutations