Sabrina by Nick Drnaso
Reviewed by Chris, Librarian at Bridgewater Library
My goodness, this was depressing. Sabrina, the title character, is killed offscreen in a violent murder/suicide by one of her neighbors. Videos are mailed to the local media of the killing, and details eventually leak. The Internet being what it is, countless conspiracy theories grow around this otherwise simple case, with an obvious Alex Jones analogue fanning the flames on his radio show.
The main character is Calvin Wrobel, a divorced airman who was an old friend of Randy, Sabrina’s boyfriend, and who takes Randy in after the murder. Randy is in a hopeless spiral of despair and keeps listening to the Not Alex Jones Radio Show. Eventually, Calvin begins to get death threats from Internet Truth Warriors who demand to know the Real Story behind Sabrina’s murder, and how Calvin is just covering up for The Man, and Sabrina is just hiding out on an island with the other “victims” of “mass murders”.
I didn’t really care for the art style — everyone has the same face and similar body shape — but the story itself is a sad mirror of society and how there’s more than just a fringe element that wants to believe there’s some meaning behind it all, that it’s not just random chance in an uncaring universe, and how deeply they want to believe in that.