by Charles Burns

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Black Hole, by Charles Burns, is a comic book series release between 1995 and 2005. It was bound and released as a graphic novel in 2005. After it was published, Burns won the Harvey Award for Best Graphic Album of Previously Published Work in 2006 for Black Hole.

Set in the 1970s, somewhere outside of Seattle, Black Hole tells the story of a group of high school young adults dealing with a strange sexually transmitted disease spreading throughout the community. The STD brings on strange mutations and effects individuals differently (large bumps across the forhead, webbed hands, shedding skin, etc.). Individuals with "The Bug" are shunned and live in the woods as complete outcasts.

The story follows the intertwining paths of three teens who get The Bug, and how they each deal with it differently. Black Hole is suited for only adults with imagery of sex and drug use. However, the story, text, and imagery is compelling and beautiful.

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