Graphic Novel Review: Altered Boys Vol. 1: The Book of Billy by Andrew Newman of The Humanist

“Now comes Altered Boys, the action of which is set in motion in 1984 with mischievous middle school high jinks (which could easily have been deleted scenes from the 2002 film The Dangerous Lives of Alter Boys) that quickly give way to the chilling reality of abuse. One of the young protagonists is groped by the local parish priest under the guise of addressing an untucked shirt. This sets the stage for the present, where three Boston-raised boys—who have become sharply divergent in their faith—mourn the loss of a fourth, their friend Billy, who was the victim of clerical abuse and the namesake of the initial story arc.”

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