Big Issues: Optic Nerve returns with two deeply personal stories about moving on

Each week, Big Issues focuses on a newly released comic book of significance. This week it’s Optic Nerve #14. Written and drawn by Adrian Tomine (The New Yorker), this issue tells two poignant stories about overcoming personal obstacles to advance into an uncertain future. (This review reveals major plot points.)

It’s always an occasion when a new issue of Adrian Tomine’s Optic Nerve hits stands, and after a two-year absence, the series returns with more of the insightful, grounded stories that have made Tomine one of the biggest names in alternative comics. The first of the two pieces in the book, “Killing And Dying,” explores family dynamics through one teenage girl’s foray into the world of stand-up comedy, focusing on how Jesse’s new hobby impacts the relationship between her father and mother, the latter of whom is dying of cancer. The second, “Intruders” (dedicated to …

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