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Delphine: 03/15/16

Delphine by Richard Sala

Delphine by Richard Sala is the omnibus of a 4 issue comic about a man trying to find his girlfriend in her home town after she mysteriously leaves her life behind. In this road trip horror retelling of Snow White, the unnamed Prince Charming stand-in, makes the mistake of arriving on a bus, thus giving himself no means of escape when things get strange.

The atmosphere of the village Charming goes to reminds me most of all of The Santaroga Barrier by Frank Herbert, another closed, insular community that is oddly devoid of both children and passersby. It's also a place where the streets are a confusing labyrinth and the locals all seem to be working to hinder Charming's progress.

The road

When the bus traveler becomes lost, he is forced to become a hitchhiker. If there are no other passersby, there is no means of escape. The road might as well be infinite and all rides can and will lead to danger.

If there are no passersby, mysterious villages need to either get rid of errant strangers or assimilate them. Delphine is centered on that conundrum. Will Charming be killed, captured, or somehow changed in some way that escape is no longer an option?

Four stars

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