Can of Worms

In Catherine Doherty's Can of Worms an adopted woman searches for her biological mother. This (mostly) wordless story follows a (largely) autobiographical quest through family secrets and civil records. Doherty's subdued and two-tone artwork does a nice job of conveying the subtleties of discovery and disappointment. I'm less convinced, however, by the need to be wordless. Although Doherty cleverly uses legal documents and personal letters to convey the more complex issues, there are some scenes that simply cry out for dialogue. All in all, it's a well-rounded freshman effort in very tricky and very personal territory.