The title is Latin for “have mercy on us,” and I can think of nothing better to call this book. Misery and despair are what fuels this one, and it is so beautifully, heart-breakingly done, it’s truly a wonder to behold. The blurb on the back says, “This is a story of loss, pain, fear, loneliness, shame, and hope.” I’ll be damned if I can find the part about hope, though. This will depress the shit out of you . . . but in a good way. This is a satisfying tale, and in some parts, it might remind you of ERASERHEAD. I’ve said before that writer and illustrator Mat Festa isn’t the greatest when it comes to illustrating people, but when it comes to otherworldly things, no one is better. There are some masterful, dreamy sequences in this one. Do not miss it!
(PS: I know I'm behind on this one. It's just that for the life of me, I can't remember ever seeing this one at his table before.)