Fragile Prophets by Jeff Davison and Stephen Buell
I'm an asshole. Stephen gave me a copy of the trade of Fragile Prophets months ago, and I keep meaning to write about it, but I've been so fucking swamped, I haven't had time to do it.
Well, it's coming out in the next few weeks (or maybe came out this week), and I just wanted to make sure everybody checks it out. I know that I'm notorious for saying that every book is my favorite book of the year, but, this time, I mean it.
The story of an autistic boy who can see the future and his brother who may or may not be exploiting him (even the brother doesn't know), it plays like a mix between Rain Man where Dustin Hoffman is an 8 year old Cassandra. The story's delicately told and intricately woven, the art is peculiar in a way that really makes you feel the unease of the world these characters live in. From beat to beat, it's completely engrossing, and when you get to the twist ending, we've had such a blast that you just don't want it to end.
Really an excellent piece of work from the very underappreciated guys at Lost in the Dark Press. Go click the link above and order the fucking thing, or I'll smash you.