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Why Are You Doing This? by Jason
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Jun 10, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: comics
Read in June, 2009

The back cover of Why Are You doing This? describes the work as Hitchcockian. I suppose that's fair, but only in the most overt sense. On the surface, the graphic novelette is about murder and mistaken identity and a kind of cat-and-mouse between victim and victor. But that's only on the surface.

If someone asked, I'd say Why Are You Doing This? is about what it means to live, what makes a live worthwhile.

Alex has just been dumped and is struggling to make sense of life. And he's having a hard time of it. Further compounding troubles, a reluctant-though-innocuous favour for a friend draws him into a world in which his existential troubles become far more literal. And like the rest of the story, though the book's title is reiterated overtly in the story's dialogue, it too holds layered meaning and, reasonably enough, is emblematic for Jason's thematic trajectory here.

Why Are You Doing This? is a solid short story that provides meat enough for thought after the act of reading is complete. Well worth the time.
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