The exception may be “Reeling for the Empire,” which presents a more complete, draft-proof world where both horror and redemption occur within the fantastic, rather than about and around it. That the girls are monsters is a fait accompli, and the plot proceeds naturally from there. Where there is confusion, and there is, it takes place within this clarity of purpose. Elsewhere, as in the case of Clive and Zeiger, doubt and belief prove themselves equally destructive.
Jenny Hendrix is a freelance writer living in Brooklyn. She can be reached at jghendrix @gmail.com.