[*Warning: some spoilers for Issue #7 below! Proceed with caution!]
You know what makes me happy? Great literature. You know what else makes me happy? They're Not Like Us. Combine the two together and you have one hell of a seventh issue. From Image Comics, written by Eric Stephenson, with art by Simon Gane, They're Not Like Us #7 is the start of a new chapter for some of the characters. After Syd or Tabitha breaks free from the voice, a few join her: Blurgirl/Dawn Thomas, Wire/Jonah, Runt/Chris, Loog/Danny, and Chuck. Free from The Voice, the group feels confident that they've secured a new life and are ready to start living in a different way. However, things get a bit complicated when Blurgirl reveals that she is in love with The Voice. What will this mean for the future of the new group? Will Blurgirl fall victim to her feelings? Only time will tell.
Moving onto my point about great literature…Syd/Tabitha consoles Blurgirl/Dawn by giving her a book entitled, The Magus by John Fowles. For those of you who don't know , it's a post-modern British novel about a young British graduate who gets mixed up with a master trickster and falls victim to some psychological illusions. Sounds fitting for They're Not Like Us. I applaud Stephenson for tying that into the issue. My hope is that the book is revisited continually as the issues progress. The other thing I wanted to mention was a quote that Syd adds to their conversation by T.S. Eliot: "We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." I've read a lot of Eliot, and that is one of the deepest quotes I've come across. To me, the quote is fitting for a new beginning. You can really never arrive at the same place twice. You always have a fresh perspective. All in all I think that Stephenson did a clever thing here and it truly enhances my experience as a reader. As always Simon Gane's art knocks me off my chair. Do yourself a favor and pick up They're Not Like Us #7 this week!
Christine Marie is a Staff Writer at Bleeding Cool, and bibliomaniac with a love for all things creative. She hopes to one day be a Superhero/Disney Princess/Novelist. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @AWritersWay or on her blog writerchristinemarie.wordpress.com.