The AV Club on Letting it Go: “moving, funny”

New comics releases include a trio of great graphic novels and the rebirth of Constantine

The A.V. Club    |    Noel Murray    |    March 26, 2013

(...) Miriam Katin’s 2006 memoir We Are On Our Own covered her and her mother’s escape from the Nazis, and how the experience affected Katin’s faith in God. It’s a powerful book—especially given that it was Katin’s first-ever graphic novel, completed in her early 60s—but the follow-up, Letting It Go (D&Q), is even better, documenting Katin’s anxiety when she learns that her son wants to reclaim his Hungarian citizenship and then settle in Berlin. Katin, who still bears a grudge against both her home country and Germany, travels back to Europe with her husband, and isn’t sure what to make of how these countries choose to remember the horrors of the past. Katin’s colored pencils have a grounded quality, enhanced by her focus on the everyday details of her life at its best and worst, from the splendor of her New York City home to a graphic, untimely bout of diarrhea. Letting It Go is a moving, funny look inside the artist’s thought processes as she reckons with her past and decides whether she’s going to live out her golden years in a spirit of resentment or forgiveness… (...)

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