"Josh Simmons is a tonally similar artist [as Heather Benjamin], but at this point he’s been making comics long enough that the evident darkness of his outlook abrogates the need for the taboo-fucking gore for which he became known. "Seaside Home," the lead-off story in this one-man anthology Habit #1, is Simmons’s most nihilistic and melancholy work to date, which is saying quite a bit. Combining several of his strengths—depicting the interior and exterior of large buildings, locating horror in failed families, burying pages in debris—it tells the story of a little girl whose parents are too consumed with their own slow-motion tragedy to see that she’s slowly sinking into one as well. That the final, physical violation of this family unit and the home they inhabit is still so obviously upsetting to her—that after all this, she still has a child’s shocked disbelief that terrible things really can happen to her and the people who’ve taught her whatever she knows about love—is so fucking devastating I can hardly stand to think about it, though that doesn’t stop me. Compulsively re-reading this thing is a form of self-injury, which is about as high a compliment as I can pay."