I honestly feel like it's a trap. The formula by which KaBOOM!'s Over the Garden Wall operates under is an emotionally tricky one. The issues start off with light and fun stories, and end in tears. Over the Garden Wall #3 features two stories: "Dreamland Melodies" written and illustrated by Jim Campbell with Danielle Burgos, and "Homeland" written by Amalia Levari, with art by Cara McGee.
The first story features main character Greg. While he runs into some trials and tribulations, the overall outcome is a good one. He even sings adorable little songs as he goes about his day. The art style is adorable, and it's a light and enjoyable read.
Then we get to Anna's story, and well, it's so depressing! Don't get me wrong, I find the illustrations to still be well done. In fact, they're beautiful in their own unique way. The story is also incredibly well written, but the content is just so sad. This issue brings Anna interaction with her mother in ghost form. The time they spend together is meaningful, but yes, quite emotional.
The drastic difference between the two stories does provide for a balanced reading experience. I only wish that it was presented in reverse form. That way I can feel sad for Anna, but be cheered up by Greg. Now I am left to ponder this poetic sad masterpiece until the next issue comes out. I guess things could be worse. Be sure to grab your copy of Over the Garden Wall #3 today.