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Science Fiction: 10/28/15
Science Fiction by Joe Ollmann is a graphic novel about alien abduction, repressed memories, and a strained relationship. Mark is a science teacher, set in his routine at home and at school. That is, until he decides to rent a cheesy science fiction horror movie. It convinces him, or perhaps awakens memories, that he was abducted by aliens.
The graphic novel chronicles his slow but steady descent into madness and obsession over learning everything he can about alien abduction. Meanwhile his girlfriend is trying to hold together their home and their relationship. The school, while understanding at first, begins to make reasonable demands for status updates, return to work dates, etc.
All in all it's a fascinating psychological study with an open ending. Though there's a gag page at the back of the book implying that there maybe be aliens involved, the actual story closes with Mark at a crossroads. Does he get back to work or does he continue his research? Does Sue stay with him or move out?