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In the multidimensional suicide support group, you are your own therapist

Illustration for article titled In the multidimensional suicide support group, you are your own therapist

Cura Te Ipsum is an emotional crisis on infinite earths. Charlie Everett tries to kill himself only to be stopped by himself. Soon he's on a multiversal trek, where his alternate selves want to heal – or kill – him.

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Neal Bailey's Cura Te Ipsum (the Latin version of the Proverb "Physician, Heal Thyself," opens on Charlie Everett, just before attempting suicide. Charlie spends his days advising students, but can't find the point to his own life. But when he finally pulls out the gun and puts the barrel in his mouth, he secretly – impossibly – hopes that someone will stay his hand. In that instant, some hundreds of versions of Charlie Everett die, but this one, this quantum survivor, looks up to see himself telling him not to pull the trigger.

Illustration for article titled In the multidimensional suicide support group, you are your own therapist
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As it turns out, there are many versions of Charlie Everett running around the multiverse, trying to stop other versions of himself from committing that final act. This Charlie Everett (we'll call him Charlie Prime) follows his benevolent doppelganger into the anchor universe, the nexus of all Charlie realities where the many versions of Charlie Everett gather. Charlie Prime is apparently the Average Joe of these Charlies – some are younger, some older, some have different fashion senses, a few are even female. But they're all suicidal and all on a mission to heal themselves.

Well, not all of them. There's a rogues gallery of nefarious Charlies (top; some of them are almost comic in their costumed villainy) who are so self-destructive that they seek to destroy all versions of themselves. Worst of all is the Dark Everett, who has cut off his nose – one assumes literally to spite his face.

Charlie Prime takes up with a plucky band of fellow Charlie survivors, and suddenly the man who wanted to kill himself finds he's desperate to save his life. And that might be the point of Cura Te Ipsum, that the version of himself best able to heal Charlie's soul is the one that most wants him dead.

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cool comic, looking forward to seeing where it goes. Reminds me of short sci-fi story I read a while back, "Knight of Shallows" by Rand B. Lee, in which a man is recruited by some of his alternate selves to stop a psychopathic version of himself who's killing other versions...it's available in this collection which you can get a cheap used copy of on amazon, and if you have a kindle it's also part of this collection of Lee's stories.