Comics reviews: My Brother’s Husband, Roughneck

My Brother’s Husband Vol 1 – Genogoroh Tagame

It’s a very rare book that has me rereading it immediately after I’m done with it. This was such a wonderful read, even if you’re not a manga reader, I’d definitely encourage you to read it! It was moving and heartwarming. I’m from a country where gay marriage is illegal (like in Japan) and even a picture book like And Tango Makes Three is shelved in the adults section, so I’m glad to see this manga about LGBTQ+ acceptance in Japan.

Three Trees Make a Forest – Enrico Casarosa, Ronnie del Carmen, and Tadahiro Uesugi

I found this book browsing the comics shelves at the library but I’m not quite sure that it’s a comic really. There’s not very much explanation but it seems to have been an art exhibition by three artists – Enrico Casarosa, Ronnie del Carmen, and Tadahiro Uesugi. Still it’s got some decent illustrations. But not exactly forest-related like I was expecting!

Roughneck – Jeff Lemire

A rough, gritty book about a rough, gritty man living in a small town in Canada. He’s a former professional hockey player and now a janitor at the local rink. He’s often in trouble – he has a quick temper and an even faster fist and he’s got a drinking problem. He lives pretty much day to day, sleeping at the rink, taking life as it comes, punching his way through it. It all changes when his sister turns up, her life perhaps an even bigger mess – abusive boyfriend, drug addiction.

Lemire’s artwork is always amazing. I love that he used these cool blues, greys, and lots of black and whites, it definitely depicts this cold snowy little town Derek lives in. Just stunning work.

Shutter Vol 1: Wonderlost – Joe Keatinge, Leila del Luca

I’m confused by this comic. Kate is an adventurer, explorer of sorts, and she’s being attacked by some aliens and something about her having siblings she doesn’t know of. Intrigued enough to request volume 2. Shutter is too generic a title though. I think Wanderlost would make a better series title.


  1. A librarian friend just posted My Brother’s Husband in her FB page, she has been raving about it. I don’t think I’d find this one in the libraries here in Singapore. 😦


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