Monday, September 6, 2010
Nurse Romance Stories: Bride's Secrets 8 - "All Dressed in White"
I like the composition of this cover for Brides Secrets 8 published by Ajax/Farrell. It's a device you see used here and there in romance comics, with the distraught woman large and in the center, surrounded by a halo of dismembered heads whose comments or expressions reflect the situation causing distress. I'm guessing this is a comic book version of something that originated in old movies.
This story's title has a double meaning, referring simultaneously to a bride and a nurse. The young nurse suffers the familiar fainting episode on her first time in the operating theater, but the doctor's harsh response is just the beginning of an ongoing string of severe reprimands he delivers seemingly whenever in contact with Lana. He's involved with the rich daughter of someone senior in the hospital administration, but despite being the target of his scathing comments, Lana finds herself somehow attracted to Dr. Peters. It's then that an old flame, Fran Heath, rekindles his connection with her, and they start seeing each other again. Lana learns to take the Doctor's criticisms in her stride, but at graduation, with him giving the diplomas, it seems he's found one final way to humiliate her. He drops the diploma, but then apologizes and asks her out! She declines, thinking it was just his way of making up for spoiling her graduation. She's already arranged a job in another town and can't wait to get away. The next day she takes the train to her new home, only to find that Dr. Peters has flown ahead to meet her as she disembarks. He's been in love with her for some time, but kept it under wraps so as not to disturb her studies and her chance of graduating. She can now admit that she also has had feelings for him, and it ends well as all romance stories should!
I don't know who the artist is but I think you'll agree it has some good things going for it. Some panels are particularly nice. Anyone able to give this artist an ID?