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PTSD

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  616 ratings  ·  97 reviews
After returning home from an unpopular war, Jun becomes an outsider in an indifferent world. Alone, desperate, and suffering from wounds both mental and physical, she seeks relief in the illicit drugs she manages to purchase or steal. Jun’s tough exterior served her well in combat, but she’ll need to nurture her vulnerability and humanity to survive at home. With the ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published February 26th 2019 by First Second
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David Schaafsma
The story of Jun, a female soldier returning home from some war in a world not unlike ours. This is my third PTSD book in a week. It's (admittedly, by the author), just a kind of preliminary study of the traumatic effects of war, and (maybe because the book is smallish and there are so many small panels packed in with lots of dark detail) I wasn't as affected by it or as engaged with Jun as I should have been. The illustration style is strong, but needs more space, I think. Singelin is a good ...more
Nore
Apr 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I wasn't the biggest fan of this at the start - the art is dark and sketchy in a way that's more confusingly gritty than atmospheric - but the more I read on, the more I enjoyed this. The ending is pretty uplifting; I enjoyed the themes of community - how to break it, how to build it, the role it plays in our lives - and even with my problems with the art initially, I do really enjoy this style! Beautiful color palettes, dynamic lineart, and plenty of panels that made me think of really good ...more
Nostalgia Reader
I wasn’t much a fan of the artwork; it was too sketchy and busy, without adding any definition. I’m not sure if this was the final style or not, since this was an advanced copy I read, but I think even if it’s polished up, it’s just still not my thing.

The story was not exactly what I was expecting when I requested the book, but it was engaging and powerful nonetheless. Jun is living in a post-war world where veterans are treated as third-rate citizens, having to live on the streets and having to
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Rod Brown
May 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Set in alternate reality with similarities to our own, war veterans wander the streets neglected by the government and the city, homeless and looking for their next fix. One woman, Jun, a former sniper, becomes an odd mash-up of the Punisher, Robin Hood and Florence Nightingale as she stumbles into declaring a war on the drug dealers taking advantage of the situation. In his afterword, the creator cites only movies like First Blood and Hurt Locker for his research on PTSD, which may be why none ...more
Tabor
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, arc
I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review

PTSD combines a chibi-like art style with a little bit of grit and backdrops it against a Japanese-inspired environment, where modernity, traditional ramen shops, sacred landscapes, and rich history come together to form a dynamic world. It combines some of my favorite elements from different mangas and reminds me of a fusion between Ghost in the Shell and Seconds. This graphic novel is about Jun, a pill-poppin' vet, who returned from a
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Su
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First I think it’s really important to note that Guillaume Singelin is not portraying any war that we know of and is not depicting real cities that we know. In his author’s not he states that, while he was initially working on this during his time in Tokyo and was very inspired by the city, the world the characters live in is totally fictional as is the war they were returning from. Coming from a multicultural background it was also important for him that setting be multicultural too. So while ...more
Prince William Public Library System
PTSD is intense. And dark, both literally and figuratively. This graphic novel follows Jun, a war veteran suffering after her return from war (the war is unnamed. It's unclear if Jun's experience is meant to be a particular war in history, future, etc. However, I don't think it really matters). She's isolated, and homeless, making ends meet by selling drugs. Throughout the novel, you learn about her life in combat, and the parallels/explanations for some of her current state of being.

-Amanda

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Terry Mcginnis
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
A unique graphic novel with manga-style art mixed with rough lines that perfectly fit the gritty story of returning soldiers who are shunned by society and forced into homelessness. The main character, Jun, is a war vet who copes with demons of the past the only way she knows how. Through it all, however, she is at heart simply someone who wants to save people. Can she save herself as well? Exploring mental illness, substance abuse, homelessness, and alienation all with a side of violence, PTSD ...more
Samantha Beard
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
My background in neuroscience drew me to PTSD. I expected something insightful and well-intentioned and I feel that I got that! This book is moving, and provides some practical steps toward healing from any difficult event. No matter what a reader is going through, I think this story could help them feel seen.

The story follows Jun, an ex-sniper from a fictional war. She lives in a fictional country that blends together some cultural elements from southeast asia and Laos. I think it’s important
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Kia
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
PTSD had me captivated with the artwork from the very beginning because it reminded me of the Scott Pilgrim series, which I really enjoyed. However, I quickly found out that the nice artwork was pretty much the only appeal of this book and it certainly isn't enough to carry the whole thing. The story is boring and incredibly generic. The subject matter, PTSD, is covered in a very clinical way with very little feeling. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, because there are so many more stories out ...more
Václav
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: digital, vietnam, europe, x2019
(3,9 of 5 for US Marines veterans struggling with PTSD and poverty in Ktokyo-ish city.)
Guillaume Singelin made a mix of veterans and their traumas inspired in Vietnam conflict and middle east conflicts movies and set it into the city which "combines old shops with skyscrapers as Tokyo do". This mix feels weird because the homeless veterans are based on US Marines grunts (they even use "Siempre fi" phrase), chewed and spat out on the street by war machinery. And that's an issue in the USA. But
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Edward Sullivan
A female veteran of an unnnamed, unpopular war, homeless and drug addicted, suffers the physical and psychological trauma from her combat experiences. Powerful illustrations and a compelling narrative.
Laura
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Powerful! Great art and use of colors. Not a mold-breaking tale but very well executed.
Geoffrey
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
(Note: I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley)

Guillaume Singelin uses a gorgeously vivid art style that only needs a few pages to speedily immerse you deep into the book's world and its tale about finding one's way while bearing the scars of war. Once you're submerged, you'll share with the characters' pain, frustration, and their dogged determination so intensely that by the time it's all over (at least if you're anything like me), you won't help but feel a little disappointed that you
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Vanessa Nunez
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From the colors to the types of lines in the art, there are so many details that play with the story that I couldn’t help get excited over. One key element that makes Jun’s character interesting is that during her panic attacks or moments of stress, her eye goes from being a perfectly shaped oval, to an oval that appeared to almost have been drawn by something with shaking hands, giving this look of disarray and terror on her face. They are amazing little details, but to the plot they are ...more
Aaron
Sanity is a refuge. But when every avenue leads one everywhere but the comfort of intrinsic self-care, sanity becomes less a guardian of the soul than a hostage of the mind. Jun is a soldier without a war, a patriot without a country and a woman without a home. She is not the only veteran clinging to thievery, alcohol and drug dependency to better slug her way through soggy slum after soggy slum, but she is, perhaps, the only one among them who refuses to acknowledge she has nothing left to ...more
Louise
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This and other reviews can be found here.

PTSD by Guillaume Singelin takes place after the main character Jun returns from a war that was unpopular with the population. She, when she returns, starts taking painkillers trying to cover up her newfound mental and physical issues that arose from war. She must survive in a world where veterans are not treated well by the population and forgotten by the government. Her personality served her well in combat but now she must learn to lower her guard to
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Michael
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
PTSD by Guillaume Singelin
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Note: This short review does contain potential spoilers.

The basic synopsis of PTSD is of the main character Jun processing (or avoiding) the trauma of her former life as a soldier in a war that has since past. This is further complicated by her current experience of homelessness, lack of safety, and utter disregard by her community. The graphic novel follows Jun as she navigates her new landscape with her detractors and her supporters.

The story on its own is why I
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Bethany
Singelin explains in his authorial note at the end of PTSD, a graphic novel, that it is based on the simple theme of a girl trying to find inner peace. She is, only after quite the brutal gang war she starts.

The main character of PTSD, Jun, lives in a nameless, Asian-inspired city. Jun had served in a fictional war as a sniper who also learned some medical skills thanks to the doctor in her squad, which the reader learns about from flashbacks interspersed with present-day. Today, though, Jun is
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Maggie Librarian
Jul 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I very much enjoyed the artistic style of this book, everything was very cute and stout. Almost like chibi manga. I initially picked this book up because the style looked like something my middle school comic book club members would enjoy. The story itself I found to be too mature for most most middle schoolers. I also found the story stereotypical, it is not an #ownvoices narrative, and didn't seem to be particularly well researched to me (another person who has not had PTSD, so that critique ...more
Siina
Aug 22, 2018 rated it liked it
PTSD is a dark and suffocating comic, but hopeful still. It's about a veteran woman Jun, who suffers from PTSD and is basically a junkie in order to survive the horrors of the war. She was a sniper and saw all her comrades die. Now she lives in a ditch and needs friendliness so that she can overcome her past and what better than to start helping others. I was actually waiting for more political standpoint for the war and was kind of letdown that the comic only had a looming, but shapeless, war ...more
Shhhhh Ahhhhh
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I originally picked this book up because the artwork was so eerily like Seconds that i thought they were made by the same person and, having read and appreciated seconds, was happy to investigate.

I cried. I cried and I cried and I cried. In public. Surrounded by people who could hear me sniffling. This book made me so sad. I recognize what the book is, what it's supposed ot be. I know I'm supposed to feel bad for veterans who have ptsd, and I did feel that also, but mostly I sympathized because
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Nichole
Jan 04, 2020 rated it liked it
The art is gritty/cute with lots of details and a palette that really sets the tone for the content.

If you're looking for lots of gunfire and some explosions, civilian endangerment, a sense of loss and mixed feelings, and a dose of earned redemption you should try this book.

That being said, I have some personal beef . . .
As a veteran with a PTSD diagnosis (different cause than Jun's) I really wanted this to help create empathy or recognition/compassion and it didn't quite hit that mark for me. I
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Ben Claymier
May 12, 2019 rated it liked it
While I will say that the author/illustrator Singelin took a more arm-chair approach to the nature of post-conflict veterans and PTSD, an opinion they more or less admit to themselves, this doesn't dilute the appeal of the piece for me. PTSD's main character Jun is a frustrating character to like at first, in that she's a proto-typical "lone angry vet" for the majority of the book. However I can appreciate that Singelin balances this by illustrating that Jun's "John Wick" style tirades of ...more
Daisya Spencer
May 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Jun was a war veteran until she got injured (losing her eye) and ends up being an outsider in a different setting while stealing or buying illicit drugs.
I didn't really know what to fully expect with this graphic novel, mainly because I got it on a whim at my local library.
I don't really like Jun as a character. She was pretty much an ass this entire time to just about everyone and caused trouble due to her stealing and it made all of the other veterans feel unsafe because of it. At the same
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Amanda
Feb 05, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a tough read for me; I have never read anything with this many F-bombs before, I think. The violence and the utter nihilism of many of the characters was just gut-wrenching. The art was gorgeous and brutal. The love and sacrifice that many of the characters had for each other helped balance the darkness. I took a long time to read this because I could only go at it in small chunks. What helped was my overall belief system and then (view spoiler) ...more
Murphy
Jun 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I actually enjoyed the art style of this book and how the creator did not shy away from using warm and inviting colors, even during some of the more gritty parts of the story. Art was used both to replace and supplement words and provide them with additional meanings, and I was glad to see that the coloring choices utilized this purpose as well.

I wouldn't say that I enjoyed my entire reading experience, and I almost don't think you're supposed to, since much of the story revolves around a
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Theresa
I read an ARC from First Second via NetGalley. This graphic novel takes place in a war torn world that is influenced by Tokyo and has a Ghost in a Shell feel (less the technology). Jun was a sniper in a past war and now she is homeless Vet like many others. She doesn’t want anyone’s help and she is reliant on pills to numb her. Gangs controlling the Vets by overcharing them for drugs are rampant. Jun finds herself in the middle of yet another war that she is trying to fight all on her own.

The
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Luke White
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It was really nice! Guillaume Singelin's art style is iconic and beautiful, and the story was charming and tragic. I liked the characters, and, while most were not particularly complex, I enjoyed the main character Jun's development. It's actually a really fascinating progression, and while it feels a little quick, most characters in most media don't manage to feel quite as changed as Jun over the course of their seasons or series.

As with most graphic novels/comics, I wish it was longer, but
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Libra
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
It took me much longer than it should've to finish this book, and that's because the gorgeous, detailed art just doesn't save the awful plot and main character. It's a bit frustrating that the book is called 'PTSD' yet it's so insensitive to the mental illness itself. The main character is just the worst person to follow, and the 'message' of the book - I think there was an attempt at one - can be summed up as: Kill lots of (questionably) bad people to ... save others? Feel better about ...more
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