By David Lapham (writer & artist), Lee Loughridge (colors)

Last issue we got introduced to the members of Young Liars. This issue we get the “origin” story of Danny and how he first met Sadie. Like one can expect, his former life is a depressing one. Danny is the lovable loser, just trying to get by in life. He spends his days trying to get his band together and his nights working at a Wal-Mart-like store. His life at home is rough; his mother depends on his paycheck and his brother’s handicapped. His only outlet is his band, and when his best friend abuses their friendship (time and again), Danny’s left with suicidal tendencies. Much of this issue is about dealing with suicide and how one moment can turn it all around.

And while some may read this book and think Danny to be a stereotypical archetype, the reality is there are many people who are in this same position. I see them every day. It’s the kind of people who’ve dropped out of high school, are stuck in a dead end job, and live for the weekends so they can party or drink their lives away. It’s a sad state of affairs. But then Danny meets Sadie, and for the first time in his young life, he feels alive.

David Lapham is doing his best work in years. After fumbling around with other companies’ creations, he feels completely in his element here and it shows. There’s not a panel or line of dialog that’s meaningless or wasted, and the art is top notch. However, the musical lyrics that play in the background seem a bit more intrusive this time around. Maybe it was the choice of song or maybe it was the repetitious nature – I don’t know. It just didn’t seem right.

Young Liars is a wonderful piece of work that communicates well to people in their late 20s and early 30s. It’s a painful reminder of youth and how dangerous life really was in those reckless years. (Grade: A)

– J. Montes