Throughout the series Hanna is shown faceless - moreso than other characters - in vulnerable moments. To me this suggests that she's hiding, that there's a coolness in her pain, so long as we don't need to look at it directly.
This page is wet and beachy, ambient in the right ways to me, even though there's not a ton of detail going on. The friends have run out of things to say, and are just together.
9 thoughts on “#628 – i’m beginning to see the cracks”
This is one of the saddest pages in OP’s run for me.
Out of curiosity, where are they?
I don't think I had any place in mind for this. NY state?
I remember being confused about the last two panels, because I thought it was Hanna at first!
Ironically, I took it in the other direction to a certain extent. Rather than hiding, Hanna's pain always seemed like something of a public retreat or a personal admission of defeat to me. Something like: Puget Sean is flirting with Mar? I abrogate responsibility for this, I want to rest my head on Marek's shoulder. Will is facing his own demons in his relationship with Aimee? Well, Marek is in the other room and I want to be done with this batch of baked goods.
"bitch has it all" will forever be my moment of peak Hanna character development
I love that Eve is the one who brought the headlamp XD
"I'm beginning to see the cracks" is maybe the most harrowing thing I've read lately. Hits way too close to home for my taste.
I remember reading this for the first time. I felt a drop in the pit of my stomach that can only mean Eve's absolutely right.
"I'm beginning to see the cracks" is fortunately/unfortunately the most memorable phrase from OP for me. The impact of hitting a turning point everyone could see coming, but is still surprised by. The next few pages are absolute gut punchers. I always look forward to and dread this milestone every time I reread.