I had some complaints about the first volume, Over Easy, but, honestly, other than the color of the print I can’t remember them. Because the sequel, which I requested as soon as I realized that it existed, blew me away. Seriously.
I have read a few graphic novels this year that have torn my heart out and this was one of them.
Madge continues working as a waitress at the Imperial Cafe where she is surrounded by a colorful cast of characters. It’s the 70’s in Oakland and the world is changing. Madge’s coworkers get into all kinds of trouble, drugs and gangs and missing daughters who have run off with dangerous boyfriends. Madge is trying to save up enough money to move to New York and become a career cartoonist and more and more she can see the gap between herself and her friends. This is a book about letting go and moving on but it is also bittersweet with love and nostalgia.
This is the kind of writing that sucks you right into the page. I was there. I was at the wild party and I was on the dangerous trip to the bad side of town. I was invested in everyone, enough to cry a couple of times. This one got 5 stars, because when it was done I shut the book and cried a little more.