Whilst Pope Hats is certainly not the only comic of its format to challenge this principle, Rilly does so quite decisively with an intricately arranged narrative, methodically paced. Initially, however, a reader could be forgiven for assuming otherwise. The first nine pages deceptively lure the reader into the belief that the comic is an entry into the “cynical group of twenty-somethings coping with adult-life” genre. In reality, this segment serves as a device to introduce the characters and establish their relationships. Primarily focusing on the relationship between Frances (a law clerk) and her aspiring actress-roomate Vickie, Rilly introduces us to their life: eating at fast-food restaurants, drinking with their friends, throwing up on the pavement, etc.
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