All in the Family
Newly compiled in one volume, All in the Family follows LB Lee and their experiences. Readers are taken down the rabbit hole of a lifelong search for belonging and answers. Through four parts and several personalities, LB Lee's stories are told and takes the reader from early childhood to adulthood. Against all odds, and their family, LB Lee uncovers the truth behind a lifetime a trauma.
In All in the Family, LB Lee takes readers into their head, which is the home of the eight characters the comic is centered around. Everyone investigates and navigates life plagued by trauma. Their stories must be believed and they must be heard. LB Lee makes use of the comic form and masterfully represents their dissociative identity disorder. Previously known as multiple personality disorder, DID is a condition where one person has multiple personalities; several personalities sharing a body. All in the Family finds the multiple uncovering family secrets and traumas.
I was blown away by All in the Family’s structure. The comic form is an informative way of understanding DID. Readers are able to see the distinct personalities and how they all interact. They are a family that looks out and protects each other. Each personality has a distinct voice and purpose. The varying art styles perfectly complement the turbulent narrative.
There were several moments while reading that I became so overtaken by waves of emotion that I had to put down my tablet and leave the room. If the book is this powerful, I can’t even begin to imagine what LB Lee went through, but this book is the best place to start. I am a huge advocate for mental illness awareness. Mainstream comics are still behind on representation, but LB Lee is part of the crucial wave of creators making meaningful and important works.
Support LB Lee and their story; a powerful, harrowing, smart, and funny story. All in the Family is one of the most powerful and lasting works that I have read in a long time and it absolutely should not be missed.
All in the Family
Writing - 9/109/10
Storyline - 8/108/10
Art - 8/108/10
Color - 7/107/10
Cover Art - 7/107/10
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