Love Will Tear Us Apart: Preview Leibestrasse From Lockard, Fish And ComiXology Originals

by Olly MacNamee

Liebestrasse (literally translated as Love Street, from German) is a new original LGBTQ Graphic Novel about romance in a time of Fascism.

Written by Greg Lockard with art by Tim Fish, with colors by Héctor Barros, lettering by Lucas Gattoniis, Liebestrasse itakes its starting point in 1930’s Germany, at the time of the rise of Adolf Hitler and his National Socialist Party, but travels through the decades in its narrative.

It’s a timely story – albeit set in a period well documented for it’s prejudice and the clamping down of individuals and their freedom – and one, I dare say that draws parallels with our own, seemingly, more right-wing leaning times.

In Liebestrasse, Sam, an American banker, meets Philip, a German art critic, while living and working in Berlin. The freedom of the Weimar Republic is over as the Nazis win power and their sweet, bilingual romance is quickly hit with an unspeakable reality as Philip is arrested and disappears. Sam desperately searches for Philip with the help of Philip’s sister and their friends. Eventually the political situation around Sam has deteriorated enough that he is forced to return to the United States. Terrorized by the things he saw, Sam eventually returns to Berlin for answers as the post-war reconstruction begins in 1952. But his survivor’s guilt and shattered heart have sent him on a fool’s errand, across a city, country and world that have been forever and horrifically altered.

It’s certainly a book that resonates with artist, Tim Fish, who resales his own travels to Auschwitz:

After touring the campsite at Auschwitz, I sat on a bench in the Planty Krakowskie outside the walled city of Krakow, in a surreal daze,. To escape the horror I struggled to comprehend, my mind kept jumping back to the week prior while I visited the camp Theresienstadt. The Nazis had made a significant effort in maintaining the camp conditions and records in an effort to convince the Red Cross they were treating its inhabitants humanely. As a result, the camp museum contains dozens of biographies of its residents. While I was there, it became obvious to me who the gay men were. Instead of facts such as “had three children,” it said things such as “was active in the Berlin theatre.” Sitting in the Planty, I kept thinking of those men…how happy they were in a progressive and tolerant society, and how abruptly it ended. I drew several sketches of a couple, broken apart by the war…one German, sent to a camp, and one American, forced to flee Berlin.

As ever, this title will be available to read at no additional cost for Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited members, and will also be available for purchase on Kindle and comiXology, and comes out today, November 6th. All that’s left is for you to take a peek at the preview below.

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