Comic Review: A Letter to Jo TPB (IDW Publishing)

IDW Comics releases a graphic novel where a soldier sends a letter to his true love in A Letter to Jo. Well, I hope you didn’t expect much because it […]

IDW Comics releases a graphic novel where a soldier sends a letter to his true love in A Letter to Jo.

Well, I hope you didn’t expect much because it was a tragic story about love, y’know? Reviewing a story from World War II is like reviewing your kitchen and make sure the fire is off before you get out to work, and just right off the bat, a cute girl would give you a love letter which is the importance or just a scandal. Even so, the other graphic novel that I reviewed of “La Voz de M.A.Y.O” from Dark Horse Comics was more of an autobiographical type of comic explained by a veteran soldier from World War II became an important politician in Mexico, but this right here we get to tell a love story explained of a letter. The story is written by Joseph Sieracki and illustrated by Kelly Williams, and no I’m not talking about the artist who does the still life and plant life paintings, but the artist who does art commissions to draw illustrations of Adventure Time, Ninja Turtles, Hulk, etc. But let’s focus on this comic.

The front cover of this comic shows some soldiers walking through the snowy forest, preparing for the next battle. And for some reason, she illustrated the whole concept with markers or watercolor. It’s very unique when it comes to comic art, as an artist, I say that Kelly has done every detail coming from this comic. So, the whole story is an enigma when it comes to love, in the beginning, the protagonists first met each other, their names are Leonard and Josephine. One of their grandparent’s first generations is Polish-American and Italian-American. Both of their parents are persuading their children to marry someone of their own race which is very uncanny, after that they spent together from high school to marriage until he goes to war and starts writing letters to his lover. And PLEASE remind me of watching the episode of “The Cave of Lost Lovers” from Avatar The Last Airbender where the show shares a story of how the city of Omashu was born while the whole crew is wandering around the cave. Or one of the episodes of Rurouni Kenshin, right before Kenshin goes to Kyoto to confront his predecessor who happens to be his arch-nemesis. But the story didn’t stop, the war is still going on until the last soldier is standing, and that soldier cheated death and kept writing letters to his lover just until he got back home and started a family together.

At first, I didn’t think that the story was that bad. But creating a story about love is too strong to say for someone in the modern world that people are going for a remote relationship. I’d say that love is too strong from a human heart. Even writing a letter to someone you love is far more of emotions that are coming from the story. This is almost as writing a nonfiction novel between peace and war. But of course, all of that is a connection between the two lovers. This graphic novel also has some special pages between how the comic was made between how the relationship influenced in real life because it seemed that it happened right before this comic is created. There are real-life pictures, sketchbook drawings, the letter that Leonard wrote to Jo, just happened to interpret everything what that letter means, from cursive original letter to typewritten version, and also poetry written by Leonard himself. Yeah, it’s a great book to read, even if you’re influenced from the past, you’ll experience what true love is. If you rather want to read a story about how these two people had the deepest connection in their hearts, then this is for you.

About Kevin Bermeo

I'm a New Yorker Artist, and I traveled a lot. I enjoy making comics, illustrations, paintings, and digital art. Besides drawing, I'm also a writer, I used to be a Gamer, and I love adventures, food, and dragons.