Its primary subject being political complacency, this is a comic that speaks to this moment almost as vividly as the one that inspired it ... Gébé is interested in the influence of nostalgia on groupthink, something that has only grown the more corrosive in the decades since Letter to Survivors first appeared ... This is a book whose relative brevity and outward simplicity may, on a first reading, obscure its deep philosophical richness. It is, somehow, so incredibly French and all the better for it. To be read when you’re feeling at your most calm, possibly while wearing a black polo neck.
With its varieties of imagery and stories, Letter to Survivors is, for all it succinctness, effective, a pointed critique of contemporary life (and suggestion to get one's life together -- in particular, in confronting the capitalist order and its power structures and the life it tries (so successfully) to sell to consumers -- or else ... Quick and sharp, Letter to Survivors is a fine little graphic novel.