WebToon Canvas Review: “Peppermint” – The Geekiary
Pepper mint by Lunartic is set in Nigeria and follows Ruyi, a college student who navigates adult life and relationships.
Ruyi (Ru) embarks on her flight from Lagos to Abuja for her next semester of college. She reunites with her friends and her boyfriend, Rashad, and soon learns what it means to be in a relationship, platonic or romantic.
Sadly, Ruyi realizes how toxic Rashad is, even when her close friends have already warned her. Not only that, but Ruyi rightly suspects that Rashad cheated on her. He is critical of his weight and deliberately does not pay for the meal on their first date after arriving from the airport. Of course, she doesn’t end their relationship right away.
Pepper mint focuses on the different ways we interpret relationships and why someone would stay in a toxic relationship. History so far shows that Ruyi is still with Rashad. The moment when she will find the courage to break up with him has not yet arrived. However, the plot for now shows him that she realizes how suspicious and toxic he is. Her friends Fey, Kusha and Ali know Rashad’s true colors and try to convince her to stop seeing him.
This well-paced webcomic shines with dynamic characters and interactions. The creator takes the time to set up the characters and the plots. Pepper mint explores the challenges of university life with nuance and grace. It’s a tale about coming to terms with reality and knowing when a situation gets worse.
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Author: Brahidaliz Martinez
Brahidaliz (pronounced Bra-da-leez) graduated in 2019 from the Masters program in Creative Writing at American University. Their cross-genre chapbook, Coquí’s Song, is forthcoming (2023) by Mason Jar Press.
Pronouns: he / they
Location: DC Metropolitan Area
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