Husbands by Jane Espenson, Brad Bell, & Tania del Rio
Published: April 9th, 2013 by Dark Horse Comics
Genres: graphic novels, LGBTQ, fantasy, humor, romance
Trigger Warnings: perilous situations, snakes, hostage situations (all humorous???)
Pages: 112 pgs.
Written by Husbands creators Jane Espenson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Brad Bell, this is the comic-book continuation of the sitcom phenom. Husbands tells the story of famous gay newlyweds Brady and Cheeks, who sparked a media firestorm when they woke up legally wed after a drunken Vegas weekend. Now, a mystical wedding gift launches the couple on a series of adventures-a tongue-in-cheek journey through iconic genre realms-filled with obstacles that threaten to tear them apart. Follow Brady and Cheeks into a superhero showdown, a fairytale fantasy, a Holmesian mystery, an epic galactic battle, a madcap high school romp, and a saucy secret-spy thrill ride. Includes bonus “making of” material and a special introduction.
When marriage equality became the law of the land in the United States in 2015, a lot of (unfortunately, over-idealistic) folks thought that it would be the final hurdle that would lead to full LGBTQ+ acceptance in the country. While it’s not the case, Husbands provides at least 100 or so pages worth of what a world where queer identities are normalized looks like — all with a little bit of interdimensional travel thrown in.
I’m not here to say that this graphic novel is ground-breaking or revolutionary in any way, because it really isn’t. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a cute story of two men gradually getting to know themselves as a couple better through hopping through various comic universes. It’s fun and lighthearted with good art. I honestly enjoyed myself for the hour or so it took to breeze through this.
If you come into Husbands with this in mind, then you’re going to enjoy it. If you’re expecting commentary on the queer struggle in a larger context, then this is not the graphic novel for you. (The Wicked and the Divine might be, though.)
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