We begin at an ominous boarding school for girls that seems to exist in its own removed plane of reality. The students are free to stay indefinitely, so long as they adhere to a series of strict, seemingly nonsensical rules and participate in bizarre extracurricular group activities. The cult vibes are strong, but that doesn’t stop our protagonist Sara from becoming entranced by the school and her fellow students alike.
Eros/Psyche is a strange book, even in a world of challenging and unique sequential works that have pushed for a looser and more experimental approach to comic book storytelling. At some times detached and at others overwhelmingly romantic, it shares an interesting combination of qualities that would be at home in David Lynch movies, found footage horror, nonfiction cult studies, and coming-of-age queer loves stories of the early 2000s. Though not an easy book to pin down, its re-read value is high, in some parts due to being a secretive and beautifully-drawn dreamscape, and in other parts due to its mysterious plot and characters, which seemingly intentionally leave the door wide open to a number of interpretations. [Read more…] about Doomed Queer Longing in Maria Llovet’s Eros/Psyche