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Intriguing, but lacking in depth.
on August 31, 2012
While this graphic novel covers a potentially compelling topic, there is a lack of depth that left me unsatisfied and wanting for something deeper. I kept waiting for Brown to look more deeply into the humanity of buying and selling sex - the impulses, needs and drives that bring resonance- but he just never goes there. It seems Brown's story coasts on the surface and is somewhat disconnected from a deeper resonance when it comes both to the depiction of himself and the women he pays, leading to him and the women coming across as silted and inhuman. The lack of emotional connection left me disappointed and feeling that the deeper insight I was seeking was missing. Likewise, the extensive, libertarian notes that end the book are nearly unreadable and somewhat baffling in their seeming lack of integration into the actual body of work.