In this graphic novel, which has been adapted into a feature film starring Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men), Glen and Cyndi become unwitting test subjects in a mind-control experiment after a strange sexual encounter. They search for answers as their own memories become tools for manipulation.
Driving home from a wedding late one night during a heavy storm, out of cell range, Glen blows out his tires. He knocks on the door of the only house he sees and is greeted by an uncomfortably friendly middle-aged man, Arthur, and his attractive younger wife, Cyndi. The strange couple pours him a drink, and then more drinks, followed by odd confessions and an unexpected offer that Glen can’t refuse. Where Ultrasound zigs and zags from there is into a dizzying plot involving mind control, government secrets, gaslighting, and political intrigue that is always one step ahead of the reader. Stechschulte’s brilliant use of color and mastery of comics storytelling yields a breathtaking puzzlebox of a sci fi thriller — the moment you finish, you will want to go back and reread Ultrasound from the start.
Ultrasound has also been adapted into an acclaimed feature film directed by Robert Schroeder and starring Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men), from a screenplay by Stechschulte. The film earned raves at the 2021 Tribeca Film Fest and is scheduled for theatrical release in March 2022 and will premiere streaming on Hulu in June.
About the Author
Conor Stechschulte grew up in rural Pennsylvania and graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art 2008. He lives in Chicago, IL.
What begins as a man recounting a bizarre encounter...becomes a psychological, erotic thriller that makes you question reality itself. It’s filled with tonal shifts, new revelations and Lynchian twists that force you to observe and rethink what you’ve read previously.
— Comics Beat
It’s a comic of such quiet confidence that it’s hard to discuss or dissect: a perfect whole with no fissures in which to plant a lever.
— Women Write About Comics
Stechshulte’s deliberate pacing, gritty illustration style, and clinical use of limited palette create an unsettling depiction of a psychosexual drama that builds to a dizzying climax.
— Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
A brain-taxing tale which makes the reader work for answers, but the mystery is absorbing and, like a Christopher Nolan film, should reward a return visit.