The widely acclaimed Optic Nerve became a regular comic book series when Adrian Tomine was only 20. Tomine creates a new cast of characters for each story, and he has become a master of penetrating their fragile exteriors. Stories of life, not unlike Raymond Carver's... quiet desperation and all that. At the center of this issue's story is Nessa, a beautiful young woman who finds herself besieged by the attention of three obsessive, lustful men. This complex "misanthropic soap opera" is told without narration, cutting back and forth between several concurrent plots that ultimately converge in a compelling conclusion.