Top Shelf has published the second volume of Jess Fink’s popular Chester 5000 story this week, and following in the tradition of the first volume, this new tale is sex-positive, lavishly drawn, and erotic while maintaining a meaningful plot development. The silent storytelling approach, using symbol language, develops cleverly to create a relationship with the reader as you get to know Isabelle and George, and begin to understand the conflicts they face.
Chester 5000 Book 2 is set in 1889, during the industrial revolution, and follows the life of Isabelle, an orphan whose caregiver is very strict. George is driven inventor who feels he’s close to making great strides. Falling in love is only the beginning of their story since they live in a rapidly changing world which will interfere in any way it can.
Chronologically speaking, this book is actually a prequel to Chester 5000 Book 1, set during the Victorian period and there’s a very specific link between the two books, too, which I’ll leave you to discover. Chester 5000 Book 2 is a 184-page hardcover graphic novel with greyscale interiors and its silent aspects are designed to mirror the silent film era.
And here’s a preview of the interior pages for the volume, which are just about safe for work!