Putting yourself back together. Getting up off of the floor. Recovering. Between bereavements, breakups and generally having their world shot to hell, the OPB cast are encountered as they scramble back to their feet, be it from a recent death or a years-old hurt. Unfortunately, Life hasn't stopped messing with them yet.
This is a clever comic. It's playing with your mind, and as long as you know that, you'll probably enjoy the game. Think carefully about what the characters are saying, because the entire cast is fluent in lies, half-truths and selective information. Take note of the details - they might be important later. And never trust anyone who's having a conversation on the phone.
Curiosity is the driving force of the comic's heroine, Danny, and intrigue is the draw for her audience. The comedy and heartwarming moments are still here - but this is not a characters-and-relationships tale. There is plot to be had.
The main "issue" with OPB is really a matter of personal taste: if you want the characters to be your pals, this is not the comic for you. This is a mystery/conspiracy story. We are warned outright that the characters are lying. No-one can be trusted - some may not survive
. If you've come through Boy Meets Boy
and Friendly Hostility
, you'll know Ms. Fuhr's penchant for Teasing Creator
. You will also know that happiness isn't guaranteed
(OPB's FAQ warns you about this), relationships aren't necessarily permanent and things can always get worse
. Crank that Up To Eleven
in this tale of betrayal and Xanatos Gambits
. A world of Unreliable Narrators
mean that the reader is on their own.
Usually, some solidity could be found in familiar faces, but that's not the case. I won't say too much about Fox and Collin for fear of straying into Die For Our Ship
waters, but I can tell you that they are not who they were. Without a Morality Chain
, Collin is now one of the least trustworthy members of the cast, and Fox, while dodging Not As You Know Them
, is Older And Wiser
, but sadder and (perhaps justifiably) a little paranoid too.
In short, your brain will probably enjoy the puzzle, but if you're a bit of a softie or a romantic, your heart may want to sit this one out.