Gritty, heartfelt, emotional and explosive: I really enjoyed my first introduction to the Breaks comics!
It was giving me Foxhole Court vibes, and look: I cannot lie. If a book even so much as whispers it’s similar to that, I am there in a heartbeat. I hadn’t heard of this webcomic before the chance came up to review this volume for Orbit UK, and now I wish I’d read them sooner!! This volume was so addictive. It leaves you with fistfuls of unanswered questions and a heart torn in two for the angry Cortland Hunt. Like, I finished this one and was immediately dying for the next volume. I need to know MORE.
The comic starts by introducing us to lone wolf, Cortland Hunt, who has an attitude problem, a short fuse, and a dark backstory that I’m itching to know more about. The person constantly pissing him off is Ian Tanner, resident school smarmy charmer and asshole…although maybe there’s more depth to him than he presents. Ian’s bestie is one of Cortland’s biggest bullies though, so Ian likes to pretend he can play both sides. Act like he’s not a problem to Cortland but also remain friends with an abusive jerk. But when things escalate really badly, Ian has to pick a side.
It’s very character and emotional driven, with the main plot being their fractious dynamics as the comic lays out threads to unravel later. The characters all felt real and dynamic, and the tension between Cortland and Ian often seethes with hate. It teetered on the edge of being a bully romance, but Ian gets crisply called out and actually owes up to a lot of his faults. I just have a soft spot for angry, confused queer books and this one was a stellar read.
Addictive and emotional, this one will keep you flipping pages and immediately clamouring to know more as you grow attached to the messy, realistic, fractious relationship of these two boys.
Thank you to Orbit UK for the review copy!
Before Heartstopper, there was Breaks . . . the enemies-to-lovers queer webcomic sensation.
Cortland Hunt has made some dangerous mistakes. Now he’s waiting quietly for those mistakes to catch up with him. Ian Tanner coasts through life denying the spark of anger beneath his laid back exterior. When school politics and personal lives become a battleground, the pair find that what they share may just be their only safe haven.
Breaks is the story of two young men discovering who they were, who they are, and who they will become. It’s a love story . . . but a bit broken.
With millions of views and thousands of subscribers on webcomic platforms, Breaks is perfect for fans of popular LGBTQ+ graphic novels, such as Alice Osman’s Heartstopper, who might be looking for something darker and more mature.