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Richard McGuire’s Here

Spread from Richard McGuire’s Here (Pantheon, 2014).

Here, by Richard McGuire. New York: Pantheon, 2014. 304 pages.

ALL COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS turn space into time, but no other graphic novel does it like Here: Its 150-odd two-page spreads depict the same place, from the same perspective, at moments that vary across hours and centuries. During the 1900s and early 2000s, when most of the graphic novel takes place, the site is a parlor, or a living room: We gather the scattered evidence and watch (it’s like collating out-of-order snapshots) as families come in, grow up, move out. Millions of years back, the place was a swamp; six hundred years back, Native Americans hunted there, and McGuire draws them too. Views from decades to come show the once and future home as a war zone, a flood zone, a hologram-filled tourist site. (Climate and foliage suggest present-day New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, or Long Island.)

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