About Betty’s Boob – Review
This week, BOOM! Studios Archaia imprint published a new hardcover graphic novel, About Betty’s Boob. It’s one of those comics that may not appeal to everyone, but if you love good comics, especially a variety of comics, than you should give it a try. Because of the subject matter, it is for mature readers only, not because it’s pornographic, but it does deal with topics that require a little maturity to understand.
I’m going to try not to spoil anything, but just in case, I want to give the obligatory spoiler warning.
Writer: Véro Cazot
Artist: Julie Rocheleau
Cover Artist: Julie Rocheleau
Letterer: Deron Bennett
An inspiring and surprisingly comedic tale of loss and acceptance told largely through silent sequential narrative, About Betty’s Boob is a seminal work from master storytellers Véro Cazot and Julie Rocheleau. Betty lost her left breast, her job, and her guy. She does not know it yet, but this is the best day of her life.
This Graphic Novel strives to be universal, using very little dialogue to tell the story. However, the art by Julie Rocheleau is intricate enough to carry the story. The story does have its heartbreaking moments, even as Betty’s world is turning around. Even if you’ve never had a mastectomy, the emotional weight of her spiral to her emotional bottom is relatable. As she rises up from the proverbial ashes, you’ll find yourself rooting for her so much that the setback is angering.
I want to talk so much about this story, but doing so would spoil it. It’s done very well, and carries the emotional weight not just of dealing with this very specific loss, but with a life completely changing because of one event. Whenever we find ourselves facing a major event, our first instinct is to carry on with our routine like nothing happened. Unfortunately, that is not the case sometimes. Betty learns that sometimes a life changing event is precisely that, and it requires a life change.
Just about everyone gets a happy ending, even if as the reader, you feel like they don’t deserve it. The man that leaves Betty because he can’t deal with the loss of a breast finds someone else to love, just as he gets to see her enjoying life again without him, and without her breast. The boss that fires her is revisited and we even see her happiness. This sets this comic apart from a lot of similar stories. It steps away from Betty just long enough that these two are not made complete villains for their reactions to Betty’s mastectomy.
This is a good comic, and I would expect to see it in the nominations next year as awards are given out,
Final Rating: 9.5 (out of 10)
(Note: One page has been edited because of a nipple.)