REVIEW: TOMORROW BY JACK LOTHIAN AND GARRY MAC

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A prestige format one-shot graphic novel by award-winning screenwriter Jack Lothian (Shameless, Strike Back, Skins ) and award-nominated comic artist Garry Mac (Gonzo ComicFreak Out Squares), Tomorrow is a thing of profound and startling beauty. With a gorgeously muted colour palette, it meditates on the struggles against loneliness and isolation.

Focusing on one elderly woman living alone in Glasgow, or indeed any similar big city, the story unfolds during the end of days. Unaware that there is no-one left, the woman awakes to an uncertain terrain, of empty streets and buildings. Until… she finds solace in a most unlikely friend.

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Images reproduced with kind permission, Black Hearted Press Comics

Wise, yet poignant, it’s the minutiae that is most heartbreaking (the ritual of a daily routine, the smallness of a home made bigger by the loss of a loved one) it will resonate with anyone who has lost a loved one. Yet the moments of hilarity are as disarming as they are welcome.

Our ageing population is growing, and Lothian and Mac’s narrative taps into a bigger feeling of wanting to reach out and connect, in a youth-obsessed world, where lives play out on screens, rather than on a one to one basis.

Another small, touching triumph from Black Hearted Press.

(Lorna Irvine)

Tomorrow is released by BHP Comics on April 12, priced £7.99

Creative Team

Writer Jack Lothian

Artist Garry Mac

Colours, Design and Lettering Sha Nazir and Kirsty Hunter

Flats Greg Watt

http://www.bhpcomics.com

 

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