After returning home from an unpopular war, Jun becomes an outsider in an indifferent world. Alone, desperate, and suffering from wounds both mental and physical, she seeks relief in the illicit drugs she manages to purchase or steal. Jun’s tough exterior served her well in combat, but she’ll need to nurture her vulnerability and humanity to survive at home. With the support of her fellow vets, the kindness of a stranger who refuses to turn away, and the companionship of a dog named Red, Jun learns to navigate the psychological trauma that she experienced in the war. Singelin's PTSD is an adult fiction graphic novel that grapples with the reality of being a war veteran about a traumatized war vet who must fend for herself against all odds.
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Guillaume Singelin is a comic book artist and illustrator living in France. His books include the graphic novel series The Grocery (with Aurélien Ducoudray) and PTSD.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher I was able to read this book in exchange for an honest review. *** Jun is a homeless, pill popping vet scarred by her experience in some nameless war. She works hard to rely on only herself after feeling like her government has let her down and left her with nothing after, wringing her dry. Jun doesn’t run with other vets but when she takes notice of how the local gangs are taking more from these other homeless vets by overcharging them on medications Jun finds herself fighting another war. There is a colorful cast of characters, among them is Leona and her son Bao who run a small restaurant and get involved in trying to feed the homeless vets around them after they first meet Jun. Then there is Grey, an old grizzled vet who gifts a dog named Red to Jun as a companion. Through Red, Jun starts to find a bit of peace that makes it easier for her to reach out to others. This story is dark and quite gritty. The artwork seemed a bit... cute for what was being told but somehow it worked. The coloring was fantastic. You could tell when you were in the past learning what Jun went through to become so jaded because the coloring reflected those scenes. Dark, somber, muted. The story is titled PTSD and it’s clear in Jun that she suffers from it. The author does a good job in portraying it. It’s not just the reaction to the loud bangs. It was in the hyper vigilance, the quick flashes of uncontrollable anger, and even the anxiety. Good job showing the range of PTSD trauma.