Graphic Novel from Sophie Goldstein That Is Adult-Only | Xpress Reviews

Week ending September 29, 2017

starred review starGoldstein, Sophie. House of Women. Fantagraphics. Oct. 2017. 200p. ISBN 9781683960515. $29.99. Rated: Mature. SF/FANTASY
The uncivilized planet of Mopu is about to “benefit” from the attention of four women who serve the Empire and intend to form and educate a female-dominated population there, a goal similar expeditions have attempted yet failed to achieve. Arriving on Mopu, the ladies are greeted by Jael Dean, who has promised to help them acclimate to their new surroundings. Jael is not only a liaison to the Empire but Mopu’s Don Juan, who has succeeded in keeping the male species of the colony at bay by marking his territory. Ultimately, it’s Jael’s attention toward one member of the newly arrived quartet that could completely destroy their mission.
Verdict Goldstein (The Oven) offers readers much to reflect on in this sexually visceral tour de force, filled with intense black-and-white imagery and exploring what it means to “civilize” people without first weighing the consequences. Highly recommended for book groups and all adult graphic novels collections. Explicit sexual content makes this an adult-only read.—Laura McKinley, Huntington P.L., NY


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