What happens when the life you thought you had does a 180º turn? Everything, and yet…nothing.
Us is Sara and Diana’s love story, as well as the story of Diana’s gender transition. Full of humor, heartache, and the everyday triumphs and struggles of identity, this graphic memoir speaks to changing conceptions of the world as well as the self, at the same time revealing that some things don’t really have to change.
Source: Dark Horse Comics
Notes on This Title
This graphic novel follows the journey of cartoonist Sara Soler and her partner Diana through Diana’s gender transition. Sara initially identifies as straight but comes to identify as both bisexual and demisexual.
Throughout the graphic novel, the only colors are pink and blue.
This graphic novel was written and drawn in Spanish by Sara Soler and translated into English by Silvia Pera Labayen. The Spanish edition was published in 2021 by Astiberri Ediciones. The English edition was published in 2023 by Dark Horse Books.
Us briefly depicts homophobic and biphobic comments from strangers about the characters and their relationship.
“Us is the kind of book that brings me very mixed emotions when reading it. The lows feel really impactful, the moments that remind me of my own journey’s stumbles and pains hit hard, but it also means that the moments of happiness and joy grab me too. There’s a lot of love in the pages of this book, not just in how they were made, but in the people this story is about. Sara and Diana are a beautiful, wonderful couple. … Their love story isn’t just engaging, it’s inspiring. With so many people casting loved ones aside when they come out as trans, and with some women who leave their partners for being trans being so disgusting as to call themselves trans widows, seeing a story of such unconditional love, of such deep affection and caring for a trans person is the kind of story we all so desperately need right now.” (Source: Trans-Scribe)