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3.60  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Forward is a life-affirming LGBTQ graphic novel about two women, both of whom are unable to move "forward" and put the pieces of their lives back together. Still smarting years after a horrible breakup, Rayanne diligently buries herself in her work. Aside from work, she has her cat. And other than her cat, she has her crushes: crushes that she prides herself on being able ...more
Paperback, 198 pages
Published April 17th 2018 by Arsenal Pulp Press
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A great graphic novel! It felt very authentic to white west coast middle age lesbian culture in a way I think only an author representing their own culture can be. It's about two women both trying to move forward in their lives (one from the death of her wife, the other from a self-imposed exile from dating after a bad relationship). It was a bit sad, but also sexy and hopeful. It made me nostalgic for when I lived in Victoria (where it's set) and also for when I was a part of that culture (I gu ...more
Rod Brown
Aug 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Two middle-aged Canadian women are each dealing with heartbreak; one has had a bad breakup and the other is mourning her dead wife. Initially strangers in separate storylines where they are both stuck gazing into the past, things start to converge in this simple but pleasant tale of people finding their way, um, forward.

The art, writing and lettering aren't exactly polished, but there is a lot of heart and earnestness in the storytelling.

Frequently my LGBTQ reading seems to focus on teenage com
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
(3.5) A really sweet book; essentially a lesbian romance in graphic novel form. This reminded me a lot of Alison Bechdel’s Dykes to Watch Out For series: you sort of have to suspend your disbelief about almost every character (including the secretary, the barista, and so on) being lesbian. Two women in Victoria, BC are fresh out of long-term relationships, Rayanne after a bad breakup and Ali after her wife’s death from cancer (based on the author’s own story: her wife died in 2013). They think t ...more
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this! Graphic novel about two women, one feeling stuck years after getting out of a horrible relationship, the other, overcome by grief after the death of her wife. This book is sweet and sad and hopeful. Both women are complicated and a bit of a mess, and things happen between them very gradually. It feels real (and also kind of hot). Takes place in Victoria, BC.
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The introduction tells us that the characters in this graphic novel, Forward, were drawn directly from author Maas and her friends. That authenticity means there is no melodrama, no gimmicks, and instead just a straight-forward story of two middle age women dealing with the end of their longer term relationships. The art is detailed but admittedly it did get to be difficult telling the characters apart. There are only so
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A sweet and poignant look at just how friggin’ hard it is to start over. Rayanne had a terrible relationship four years ago, and now spends all her time working and resisting crushes. Ali’s wife died 10 months ago, and she’s not ready to move on, and she doesn’t think she should be. This book made me smile and laugh, but it also made me sad and tear up a bit. Ali’s grief and her attempts to navigate it are both empowering and heartbreaking, and were therefore more resonant. Maas’ watercolor art ...more
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Found this book quite difficult to judge, as so much of it relied upon quiet, introspective glimpses into the lives of two women, and I really, really didn’t like the drawing style. It did do a good job delving into their pasts and issues, but half the time I thought our MCs were in their 60s. I probably would have enjoyed their story more had it been a novel.
Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it
A quiet piece of comic awesomeness following two women as they seek to make romantic connections again even though they have every reason to never want to date again. It's delicate and funny and very real.
"So tell us . . . What's she like, this potential trainwreck victim of yours?"

Goodness. Everyone is such a disaster in this book. But even disasters deserve a shot at something good, something genuine, and something real. Right?

Then again, perhaps the exhausted, inarticulate, age-appropriate trainwreck conglomeration that lies ahead is more real than one should care to admit. FORWARD is the magnified profile of a half-dozen middle-aged lesbians and their assorted emotional tumult. The graphic no
Michelle Mallette
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This raw and touching story of grief, loss and apprehension finds the perfect home in the graphic novel format. Rayanne and Ali, forty-something lesbians living in Victoria, are both alone and determined to keep it that way. Rayanne is still hurting from a bad relationship that ended, not of her choice, several years ago. She has crushes and fantasies, sure, but she ignores them, creating a brittle shell around her heart. Ali is still
Maggie Gordon
Forward is one of those books that I wasn't too enthralled by (I'm just not a romance reader), but I am so glad it exists. It's a love story about older lesbians, both learning to reach out and connect with others after a death and abuse respectively. It's a slow burn that's sweet and real about ladies who love ladies that are far past the young and hot club scene. Definitely one to read if you're into the more romantic side of slice-of-life and just craving graphic novels where the main charact ...more
Kate Atherton
The story kept me interested ; the author did a good job of developing two very different characters with different situations simultaneously with out it being too Hallmark movie obvious dialogue. There were of course the "When are you gonna get over her?" "Why don't you put yourself out there?" best-friend-y lines throughout but I feel as if I got fully fleshed out characters, leads, to follow and root for.
Dec 13, 2018 rated it liked it
On the one hand, I really didn't like the artwork. (I appreciate the author doing this in watercolor, but several of the characters looked alike and it was a struggle for me to keep track of everyone. Also -- maybe this is just me -- I felt like because the characters are older, they weren't drawn to be attractive. To each their own, and maybe it's just the fault of the medium, but I really feel like if the art had been improved I would've been significantly more emotionally invested in this sto ...more
Jean Ramsay
Aug 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018
The only thing this book did for me was remind me that even though I'm a lesbian I don't look like a lesbian, I don't act like a lesbian, and lesbians judge me for that. Fuck the judgemental lesbian 'community' for only accepting one version of a gay woman and rejecting all others.
Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, lgbtq
A gentle and emotional romance of three parts. Rayanne hasn't dated for many years since a bad breakup. Ali is still healing after the death of her wife. Both women have too much baggage, but meet just as each of them is yearning for a second chance.
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
How do you move forward after your life partner has died? How do you move forward after a difficult breakup? FORWARD examines the challenges of moving forward with life in a graphic novel that captures the sadness and confusion that comes with the territory. I loved it.
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved the story and the emotions it's conveying. Not a fan of the art unfortunately and I can see how so much more could've been emoted if the art style was different.

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Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Not much to say. A good and quick read.
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I quite desperately needed this book today.
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I don't love the drawing but the story is good.
Kit Feral
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really liked the story and the characters but unfortunately the art really wasn't my cup of tea.
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Captivating. Made my heart sing!
Oct 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Slight but charming LGBTQ meet cute story.
Didn't love the art at first, but the story/characters were really captivating, so I got into it by the end. Recommended!
Christine Montgomery
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nice love story
Lisa Jerrilyn
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, fiction, graphic
Honest and hopeful.
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