With the recent political stratosphere in in flux after a tense election cycle, certain fictions become more potent than ever before. Missing from recent discussions has been proper awareness for other parts of this world, or even how our current events have affected the individual lives of people that are struggling to survive in environments that allow us to thrive. This recent election has put this thought at the forefront of plenty of people’s minds across the globe. It’s a thing that necessitates art in the way that it can nurture empathy for people whose minds we cannot physically interact with, but instead allows us to navigate into their emotional spaces.
Yasmeen has been a perfect vehicle for understanding the emotional space of people who have suffered from the Iraq war. Saif Ahmed manages to properly instill a beautiful humanism throughout the piece, really endearing Yasmeen with how it enamors us into her world. Attaching this endearment is a powerful story about the subjugation of women within this endangered time of war. The pacing and emotional gut punch it offers is a unique perspective that really empowers itself through the comic book medium. At certain times it can be a tad stilted, it still delivers a beating heart with the way it tells its story.
Artist Fabiana Mascolo has done a magnificent job here as a narrative storyteller. In executing this story focused on being grounded in harsh realities, she continually layered the story through a strong level of pacing. Not only is the line-work strong, the coloring really excels in a level of nuance to the respective scenes. This combined with the lettering really gives the whole series some real texture. It continues to build and reveal the continuous issues being able to build the drama of these people’s lives.
Overall, Yasmeen is a great emotional exchange of the world from one person to another. It sheds light on things that people aren’t able to engage themselves with, being stuck in their daily lives. Continuously, the work manages to compound itself into a wrought emotional experience that haunts you after you leave it. Truly, it’s a gifted story that is stilted in its execution but pushes itself with the overall package.