The Onion reviews ADRIAN TOMINE'S OPTIC NERVE #10

“Adrian Tomine's Optic nerve #10” / The Onion A.V. Club / The AV Club / December 14, 2005

The 10th issue of Adrian Tomine's Optic Nerve (Drawn & Quarterly) contains the second installment of a three-part graphic novel that used to be called "White On Rice," but is now temporarily untitled. The first part mostly set the scene, introducing an Asian-American theater manager and the girlfriend who can't abide his secret sexual attraction to white girls. The second part is plottier, moving characters around the board to set the stage for the twists to come in the climax, but the new chapter's brief sketch of the quick flare-up and flame-out of an interracial relationship holds real morbid curiosity, especially as rendered in Tomine's unforgiving naturalistic style...

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