By Nolan P. Smith
(Victor Valley)– So this is how the world ends? Not with the Apocalypse, not with fire, but with the strawberries sitting at the edge of the world. Source Point Press brings the world a gripping story of loss and regrets with Wild Strawberries at the World’s End.
By Bruce Kim and Katia Vecchio, the story takes place in Korea, 1999. Te-Su gets a call we all fear getting- a friend of his has left this world. Ji-Ah, someone he was incredibly close to, has taken her own life, so he heads home, far from the city to a simpler place full of memories. But there is more to her death than it seems. Many have gone missing in Shanty Town, and the further Te-Su dives deeper down memory lane and into the town, the more dangerous it gets. For there is something far more sinister than suicide lurking in this town, and it’s been around since Te-Su and Ji-Ah were kids.
Tying the symbolism of the strawberries at the world’s end, from the happiness of childhood to the very last page of the book, the title is extremely fitting. The book is filled with the regret Te-Su had for the closure he needed, and Ji-Ah deserved. This emotional tale will make you reach out to a long, lost loved one to say you love them. Getting that reaction from any form of media is impressive, getting it from a comic book is even better. Kim and Vecchio create something very unique and amazing here. The story is solid, you feel for the characters, and the artwork is fantastic. That last page will blow your mind and show you that, maybe this isn’t the kind of story you thought it was.
I loved this book. It spoke to me and looked amazing doing so. Go pick it up, ask your comic shop, and get ready for the world’s end.