Reading these super dark comix feels a little like being hypnotized. This book isn't just "murderous antisocial teens vs. murderous satanic adults." Well, okay, so it is a little bit that. But there's another layer to it, a deep and moving understanding of what it is to be disaffected, detached from the rest of the world. And there's the creeping sense that it may only take one or two turns for your own life to run as far off the tracks as these runaway teens.— Chris Lee
Fantagraphics is proud to publish this first-ever hardcover edition of TeotFW in conjunction with the 2017 television drama on UK's Channel 4 (with distribution via U.S. streaming to follow soon thereafter). Originally released to critical and public acclaim in 2013, Charles Forsman's graphic novel debut follows James and Alyssa, two teenagers living a seemingly typical teen experience as they face the fear of coming adulthood. Forsman tells their story through each character's perspective, jumping between points of view with each chapter. But quickly, this somewhat familiar teenage experience takes a more nihilistic turn as James's character exhibits a rapidly forming sociopathy that threatens both of their futures. He harbors violent fantasies and begins to act on them, while Alyssa remains as willfully ignorant for as long as she can, blinded by young love.