Midnight Radio follows the stories of four people, all at a crossroads in life. The volume looks at identity and the reality of falling into a version of yourself you don’t recognize. It’s a deeply personal set of stories with real issues at heart. We see a young man who no longer speaks, who sees the world as a fake version of itself filled with disgust and inner hatred. We see a woman struggling with a past tragedy who can barely cope with living through each day. We see a man who has sold out to a major corporation, abandoning the dreams of his youth to work a job he detests. We see a woman constantly in trouble with the law who makes a decision that haunts her. These are powerful stories filled with life-altering decisions, and that intense narrative makes it a meaningful read.
I was most impressed by the amount of raw emotion packed into the volume. We see so many deeply emotional issues, with people cut off from each other and just living through the motions. We’re an extremely connected world that has become disconnected due to social media and the obsession with career advancement and general conformity. This volume seeks to break down that conversation, to show what those societal expectations do to people. We see depression, self-loathing, and a lack of direction. We see a group of people who desperately want to be a different version of themselves. Each comes to a crossroads and each takes the step necessary to realize who they really are. It’s heartbreaking at times, uplifting at others, and entirely inspiring.
The art follows an interesting aesthetic, painting each character’s story in their own color. That contrast shows how unique everyone’s story is, even when they feel like they’re just part of a faceless herd. The characters grow into their individuality by the end, and choosing this kind of art style drives the importance of those decisions home.
Overall, Midnight Radio is a great piece of storytelling that’s deeply inspirational. It may even cause you to look at your own life and identify how you can get back to the person you were meant to be.
By Iolanda Zanfardino
NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.