Lio (11/16/09)

Dead fish are a staple of the comics. They’re often used (along with dead birds) to teach young children valuable lessons about mortality. But it seems to me that Lio is breaking new ground by showing an actual goldfish floating belly-up in a fishbowl. It’s a bracing image that makes the character’s trademark silence seem genuinely affecting. I’ve also been rendered speechless at the loss of a pet. As for the miniature grim reaper that shows up on Lio’s doorstep wielding a small fish scooping device? I think stunned silence is the only remotely appropriate response to that.

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