Page 45 Review by Stephen
Page 45 Comicbook Of The Month December 2022.
First 100 copies come with a FREE Page 45 Exclusive Bookplate Designed & Signed by both Simon Gane And Andi Watson. Bookplate image top right, and just look at this Simon Gane art to the right! (Please click to enlarge.)
White stone and sand against Aegean blue, these are now my favourite landscapes in the whole of comics, surprassing even Sanna's THE RIVER. Page after page of idyllic beauty.
What could possibly go wrong?
The publisher writes:
"Rachel is a teenager who lives a gray suburban life in gray suburban England. It's a world of brown sauce, warm beer, and scrambled eggs every Tuesday. With her summer already mapped out for her-a job working at the butcher and a caravan holiday in Clacton-it seems like this year will only bring more of the same. So when family friends invite her to spend the summer with them in Greece, she jumps at the chance to escape her life and finally be treated like an adult.
The Warners are everything her parents are not-glamorous, sophisticated, and carefree-and when Rachel meets Benjamin, a handsome young friend of the Warners, her summer seems to be taking a turn for the better. But there's no escaping the pains of growing up, and she'll soon learn that life on a small island where everyone knows each other's business may not be all it's cracked up to be.
Drawn by SIMON GANE, the artist behind Eisner-nominated Ghost Tree and THEY'RE NOT LIKE US, and written by ANDI WATSON, creator of THE BOOK TOURE, THE MUSE AND OTHER STORIES mini-comics collection, DUMPED, DISTRESSED BEEPING, KERRY AND THE KNIGHT OF THE FOREST, GLISTER and co-creator with Simon Gane of PARIS."
The publisher didn't in fact write all that; I wrote most of that last paragraph, whilst correcting their unneccessarily mean-spirited lower-case lettering on the books they don't publish. Shamefully, it's a convention they picked up from Marvel and DC.