So I’ve become a little pre-occupied with death, lately.

There’s been nothing really that’s triggered this. I’m not sad, not depressed, not contemplating it, just uncomfortable aware of it and fearful of it’s tendrils. I’ve also found this theme has started creeping into many of the comics I read – though I think I’m starting to realize that the “school” of creators I’ve grown up with are taking stock of their lives for one reason or another and confronting it in their work.

(A brief aside, hearing Brian Michael Bendis talk about his near death experience from a couple of years back and Ed Brubaker talking about pretty much accepting his death out at sea quite recently are both wild, things that I’ll come back to on this blog at some point.)

Stillwater is a book that confronts death from the get go, and seems to find it wanting in its own way. The titular town is a place that moves so slow that death can’t seem to touch it. There’s an ever permitting sense of dread that lingers over the piece as the premise reveals itself layer by layer. Something strange is happening, and it isn’t right. Isn’t natural.

For all of my fear of it, death does bring our lives more calm and purpose than it creates chaos. It certainly contains an element of chaos, but life in general tends to as a design, not so much a flaw as a feature. Here, we see what happens when impossible life meets fear and secrets. The stage is set. There’s more to come. I think I’m on board, if my mind will allow it.

A thanks to the creators of this book – Chip Zdarsky, Ramon K. Perez and Mike Spicer for the experience.

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