Review of Circles Volume 2: No Straight Lines Make Up My Life – Issues 5, 6, 7, and 8 by Andrew French, Scott Fabianek, Steve Domanski

To the plot I quote the description the publisher Rabbit Valley has posted

Issue 5: Take your mind back to the 1970’s. The gay rights movement was young, and so was Paulie Mayhew. Follow Paulie’s story from London to Boston. Meet his first love, Colin. Learn about his first encounters with John and Arthur and how they became the friends they are today. And, yes, you’ll finally learn exactly how a smart guy like Paulie ended up sick. Circles Issue 5: A Time of Innocence.

Issue 6: Sometimes people make mistakes, and they need to take responsibility for what they have done. That’s a lesson Doug has been learning, and his return to Kinsey Circle brings with it a revelation and a new twist to his relationship with Paulie. Will their relationship survive the new roles they must assume? Find out in Circles Issue 6: Life is What Happens to You When You’re Busy Making Other Plans.

Issue 7: Ken has a a reputation as the Kinsey’s house’s playboy, but has his latest beau turned out to be The One? And when Arthur and John discuss their past, what will it mean for their future? Find out in Circles Issue 7: Isn’t Anyone Trying to Find Me?

Issue 8: Winter comes late to Kinsey Circle in 2002, but changes are happening. Will Ken’s new boyfriend pan out? Will Taye get another acting gig? Does Marty remain the cutest chubby skunk in comics today? Find out in Circles Issue 8: I Was Meant For the Stage.

REVIEW
Look I am straight guy and like most straight people we haven’t a clue when it comes to the gay community. But yet more gays than I can mention has told me to read Circles. It may just involve anthro characters but the writing is compelling, the story arch is wonderful, and you really feel for these characters. You feel sorry when they are down, and share there joys when all goes right. As strange as this sounds my favorite character is Douglas, who just happens to be a skunk and is jewish also one who was unsure where does he stand in this life. I know it’s the same for most. Your life echos these fictional characters gay or not. Which really says a lot for how these stories.

In short a solid 10 out of 10.

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