PATIENCE... a blast into the past


September 24th, 2023

41 mins 21 secs

Season 4

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About this Episode

In our last episode, we looked at "On a Sunbeam," about an intense love through space. This week, we look at "Patience," about an intense love through time. Part romance, part mystery, and all sci-fi trippiness, "Patience" came out in 2016 and marks one of Dan Clowes's most ambitious graphic novels yet.

Jack and Patience are young, very much in love, with a baby on the way. But one day, Jack comes home from "work" -- you can read the graphic novel to figure out why that's in scare quotes -- to find his wife murdered on the floor. For the next 17 years, he tries to track down her killer and, when that fails, robs some guy of his time machine and travels back in time to prevent the murder from happening.

Of course, everything goes as planned. You may think you know what happens, and who the murderer is, but you're probably wrong.