‘Waves’ Review: A Beautiful & Intimate Portrait of Grief

Waves is something special. This beautiful graphic novel is packed with so much of its author and a tragedy she fought hard to come to terms with. It’s the story of a woman whose baby is taken from her too soon, a story that shows her slowly rejoining the world of the living and re-discovering life in the world. This is a deeply moving tale that left me crying multiple times throughout. It was unexpected and I want to thank the author for writing such a personal account of the struggles she went through.


Written by Ingrid Chabbert
Art by Carole Maurel

Waves features some of the most beautiful graphic novel art I’ve seen yet, filled with intensely personal closeups and striking representations of the grief our author felt as she began the healing process. Color becomes an important plot point as everything drains from the world when she loses her baby. It takes awhile for color to rejoin the panels. It’s slow, perfectly mirroring the healing process. It was deeply emotional to see that color return, to imagine how the thoughts are struggling against each other within her head. The final visual is breathtaking, leaving the novel on a profound note.

Ultimately, Waves is a story of one woman’s journey to rejoin the world. It deserves to be read and re-read, for the beautifully written story and the art with few equals.

NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

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