Comics can do amazing things. On top of entertaining us, they can develop our reading comprehension, encourage the love of reading, inspire young artists and writers, and teach us about social issues, historical moments, and people of interests. On occasion, comics can also help build our confidence and teach us life lessons.
And something that's becoming more prevalent is they're opening the discussion of mental health. In the past this has been best explored by comic strips, independent and underground comics, but recently the mainstream has been tackling it more with titles like Mister Miracle, Green Lanterns, Silk, and one of DC's Young Animal mini-series, Eternity Girl.
Introduced in back-up stories in the Young Animal: Milk Wars specials, a new Eternity Girl was created by Magdalene "Mags" Visaggio (Kim & Kim, Transformers vs. Visionaries) and artist Sonny Liew (The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye). Caroline "Chrysalis" Sharp is a protagonist who has lost her sense of purpose. As her suicidal tendencies grow, she courts a potential solution to her problem, but the price is all of space and time. The series explores her living with immortality and suicidal depression and balancing that high-wire act with the weight of the world on her decisions.
Liew takes this high-concept story and illustrates it beautifully, showing off a range of style skills that help convey the complexity of the story and Caroline's mental and emotional state while portraying multiple realities and times. Visaggio believes that working with Liew pushed her to her creative limits, and the result is a smart and unforgettable book. Recently, we previewed Issue #5, and the series will come to its conclusion with Eternity Girl #6 on August 8.
SYFY WIRE spoke with Mags Visaggio about her fascinating take on Eternity Girl, how comics can widen the discussion of mental health, and where Gerard Way and his curated Young Animal imprint deserves the credit for making a haven for beautifully weird comics. Hopefully this pop-up imprint will pop up again sooner rather than later.
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