By Lisa Naffziger. Published by Iron Circus Comics.
Softcover, 184 pages, Colour, 2019.
A taut suspense thriller that challenges perceptions of family and identity, Minus is a coming-of-age tale where a teen’s new discoveries might be best kept in the shadows.
Beck is on her way to college, thrilled at the possibilities of the next exciting chapter, barely holding it in as she clutches her childhood favorite toy in the family car with her loving dad behind the wheel. And that’s where Beck’s shared experience with the rest of her freshman class abruptly ends and the tangled mysteries of her astonishing life start to unravel.
Homeschooled and raised in isolation by the jumpy, over-protective Gill, Beck isn’t allowed online or out of the house alone. Even a quick pit stop on their quiet family road trip takes some negotiation before they finally pull into a remote gas station, where their cautiously stable peace is jolted by gunfire. Beck emerges from the restroom to find her father gone and a dead body on the floor.
Beck is in the world now, and she’s beyond not ready for it.