Romance comics. Ugh. The very mention of such mawkish funny book twaddle makes this he-man/fanboy want to disgorge his chicken and cashew nuts. The idea of replacing a perfectly good superhero brawl with 56 pages of touchy-feely optimism can only be followed by a century-long eye roll. Yes, I'm bitter --- lemony, even --- so why does Adriane Tomine's powder blue graphic novel of pre-wedding jitters sit in front of me? Why have I read it from cover to cover completely satisfied? Well, because Scenes from an Impending Marriage is devoid of sentimentalism. Because it typifyies the unspectacular portions of romanceand that is a relationship that I can understand.In Scenes from an Impending Marriage, Adrian Tomine (Optic Nerve) recounts the passive aggressive tug of war that led up to his real life wedding day. Living out of New York, he and his future wife (Sarah) have to find some sort of balance between tradition and finances. They debate over the location of the wedding, who to invite, Read Full Review
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