Indie Comic review: Why I Killed Peter

Story: Oliver Ka

Art: Alfred

Publisher : NBM Comics Lit

Price: $18.95

Why I killed Peter is an incredibly personal look at how one moment in time can have a profound impact on the rest of your life.

Oliver is a young boy with eccentric parents who collect equally eccentric friends. One of these friends is Peter, a local priest who is a giant of a man with a booming voice and a large heart. He spends his evenings singing songs, playing guitar, and generally being a “normal” person. This is very confusing for young Oliver, whose only experience with priests and religion have come from his grandparents and the priests in their local parsonage.

Eventually Peter decides to open a summer camp for kids. He convinces Oliver’s parents to let him come along. It is deep in the French countryside and is a wonderful and exciting experience. Oliver is star-struck with the larger than life Peter, and will follow him to the ends of the earth.

That is, until one night, when Peter tries to seduce Oliver.

In that one moment, Oliver’s world is forever changed.

Instead of going for the easy out of “this moment destroyed my life and woe is me,” Oliver shows the reality of the situation. While his life is not ruined, it is forever colored by this one moment. Why I killed Peter is a unique look at an, unfortunately, all too common occurrence. Because of that, this story is infinitely more powerful and personal.

As much as this is a story about abuse, it is also a story about adult/parental responsibility. Oliver shows that it is not just a parent’s job to protect, but also to model. In a particularly poignant moment, Oliver thinks, “A Kid’s like modeling clay – If you put your fingers on him, you’ll leave a print behind.”

I cannot recommend this book enough. It is a fantastic addition to anyone’s library, comic or not.

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