Review Of Jesse Young’s New Short ‘Forbidden Love’


forbiddenJesse Young has a new short on his site this week. We’ve covered several of the writer’s short stories the last several months as Young continues to churn out material that astounds in the matter of a few pages. Today’s story is a 5-pager called Forbidden Love. The story is one of Young’s first shorts, but it has taken him a few years to find the right artist for the venture. You can read the full story on Young’s website, but he found his collaborator in artist Artyom Trakhanov. Thomas Mauer joins the duo with lettering. Forbidden love is a macabre, western love story told through a letter. Young has done some unique stories before, but how does this one fare?

Forbidden Love tells the story of a man wrongly convicted of a murder in the old west. He writes a letter to his love, but the story is much more complicated than a simple murder. What has led our unnamed hero into his current predicament? Why won’t he say what really happened that fateful night?

Young writes a short story with a powerful punch. This is a great western story that sort of breaks the usual western mold. It’s about a man who has written a letter to the woman he loves while he’s being tried for a murder outside of a saloon one night. It’s a very layered story that has a lot more happening with the things left unsaid than what’s being laid out in front of us. Trakhanov’s art is fantastic. It has a slight edge to it that makes it a little gritty and stylish. The coloring really catches your eyes with its use of oranges and blues. It really makes every panel pop and demand your attention. Mauer’s lettering may be the real standout though. He incorporates the letters into the undefined boxes that contain the cursive writing of our unnamed protagonist. It really adds another layer to an already intriguing story.

Bottom Line: Young and company do it once again. Forbidden Love is another strong outing in an already impressive body of work for Young. I don’t know how he manages to pull off a perfect creative team for each and every story, but I hope he keeps it up. You can read Forbidden Love by clicking right here.

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