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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  28 ratings  ·  7 reviews
The Xeric-Winning debut graphic novel by Hans Rickheit, creator of the critically renowned The Squirrel Machine. Chloe is an estranged teenager living in a stifling rural New England town. After meeting an eccentric dwarfish hermit, she begins a descent into impossible visionary landscapes, sexual deviancy, and the forbidden realms of The Under-Brain. Contained in this ear ...more
Paperback, 134 pages
Published February 2002 by Chrome Fetus Comics (first published 2002)
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Anthony Vacca
A grim yet oddly touching exercise in Cronenbergian imagery and teenage alienation, Chloe is Hans Rickheit's sparse and sometimes stylistically crude debut. Oddly enough, I enjoyed this more than his follow-up, the decadent and ornately psychosexual the Squirrel Machine, which should have been right up my alley with all its detailed drawings of machinery and bodily orifices intermingling. (I am a hit at parties.) Regardless, this is worth a read and deserves a reissuing from some kind-heated and ...more
Nate D
Extreme teen alienation, squeamish Hans Bellmer-meets-Cronenberg erotica, and maybe early-onset-schizophrenia. Actually bleaker and angstier than Squirrel Machine which makes me appreciate that other work a little more -- it sounds a few more notes effectively.
M.P. Johnson
Surprisingly Subtle For Something So Messed Up

The style of art is disarming. It looks sort of innocent. Looking at the cover, I never suspected the depths of depravity I would find inside. This contains one of the most disturbing sex scenes I have ever seen in any comic book, and I have read a lot of screwed up comic books. It goes on for pages. There are births. There's bloodshed. Things are entering every which way and exiting and wow. This book is worth checking out if only for that scene, bu
Apr 28, 2011 M. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010, comix, 2011
This is pretty ideal. Visually, Rickheit constantly reminds me of some of the earlier animations of the Brothers Quay, in the best way possible. The narrative is fantastique to its core, yet still very American. Rickheit's art is what's most important here, lots of disgusting, detailed organic things, cats borne from holes in backs. There is also a delightfully perverse ~20 page sex scene that is pretty incredible, straddling the line between arousal and disgust.

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This graphic novel was very much like the inside of someone's sexually perverse demented nightmare. I don't consider myself a prude, but I found it pretty disturbing. The art itself (with exception of the creatures) was very minimalistic to the point of nondescript. The subject matter was bizarre, maybe it could be filed away as bizarro. Overall a shocking but not particularly enjoyable read.
A wonderful book, though it didn't pull me in as much as/wasn't quite as charming as The Squirrel Machine. Next up: Chrome Fetus issues!
Daniel Stephens
Beautiful and bizarre graphic novel about teenage alienation.
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