Written by Luke Anthony
on Tuesday, December 03 2013 and posted in Reviews
In so little words, hope is instilled, in the midst of Something Terrible.
Source: Ten Cent Ticker
Never have I read a simpler comic that brings out such emotion than when I read Something Terrible by Dean Trippe. Very few comics have struck a chord with me the way this does. It says so many things with hardly any words. Each panel drawn by Trippe is speaking softly and clearly, showing us there is something more to comics than just stories.
Something Terrible is a personal story from Dean Trippe, wherein he recounts a childhood trauma. It is not about retelling the event, but how he recovered from it. After being sexually abused, he sought out a way to cope. It happened almost by accident. He found solace in comics, specifically Batman. He immersed himself in the comics, just enjoying the escape. He also enjoyed watching shows about criminal justice, however those shows at the time were negligent to their viewers, often spreading false information that the abused becomes the abuser. This gave him a constant struggle of fighting back the fear of himself abusing another. This is where Batman really came through.
In the past few years, Batman has been drawn in the movies as The Dark Knight, the gritty crime-fighter with a dark desire to hand out justice. But it’s easy to forget the other symbol he represents; good. The penultimate example of Batman’s decision to fight for good is represented in this comic, when he says, “No guns.” You’ll see. After reading Dean Trippe’s story, and seeing what Batman can do for a kid, and an adult, I will never think of Batman the same way.
This isn’t a story about Batman
, but what comics can really do. Yes, comics are on pages, inked and printed in large quantities, but they are real. Somewhere in our mind-space there’s a real Batman
, and if Batman
reached out and helped just the inner child of Dean Trippe, then Batman
is something else. He’s no longer a source of entertainment, he’s a symbol for good. I cannot recommend this short comic highly enough. For those that have been abused as kid, like I have, it is not something that brings up pain, but a story about good. I’m not one to cry easily, I’m as manly as the next guy. Let’s just say I’ve been known to scare away prepubescent bunnies without even a flex. But I definitely did tear up a bit while reading it at work. It’s just that good. I would not be surprised if it wins several awards. It’s only 99 cents to get the full issue. Seriously, buy it. 99 cents may never buy a more heart-warming story than now. Even so, Trippe is releasing a bi-panel every week here
, so you can't go wrong.
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About the Author - LukeAnthony
Luke Anthony is the suburban rockstar you haven’t heard of yet. He responded to a call bellowing from the depths of Reddit. He’s writer and a reader. A husband & a craft-beer drinker. A father, and a dreamer. A musician and a thinker. Friendly and all-together weird, he cannot grow a beard, though he’s too old to have an excuse. He rhymes lousy words, making him sound absurd, and probably a little obtuse.
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