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Last Exit Before Toll
Charles Pierce has reached a dead end. He's got a good job and his family loves him, but he wanders through life as if he were barely there. On a business road trip, his car breaks down, stranding him in a small town in rural Virginia. While at first he greets his circumstances with irritation, Charles slowly begins to realize that this accident may be the luckiest thing t ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published December 15th 2003 by Oni Press
(first published December 3rd 2003)
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A common premise: a man, a small town, and leaving his old life behind on impulse. These stories rarely question whether or not said man (or woman, as the case may be) will stay in the long run. Last Exit Before Toll, as its name implies, does just that. Expressive, clear art moves a slow story forward, with a few minor plot holes and a timeskip potentially marring the overall work. The latter is regrettable, but understandable: the story, oddly enough, isn't the focus of the book, but rather th ...more
Good, but not great, story about an unhappy man who manages to disappear without really trying to. Still feel like I don't really know the main character, which is disappointing in a story of this nature. It left me not truly caring what he would ultimately decide.
The minutiae that made up the story almost had a surreal element to it. I loved the first half of it. Part 2's continuing of the story stayed strong, but the artwork got really weird. I couldn't tell if maybe it was an issue with the printing or a foreboding stylistic choice, but it was distractingly ugly. Overall though, I really liked it.
A great example of how you can write about "nothing happening", yet still enthrall your reader. LAST EXIT BEFORE TOLL stands as remarkable proof that drama stems more from internal conflict than from any car chase or fist fight. I highly recommend it to any writer trying to grasp how to build a story from moods instead of actions.