So many little details here, that hit so many emotional buttons. The look of flight, the half-seen expressions.
What strikes me most is the echo of a previous jump in the comic, also in silhouette. The metaphor of jumping from a burning building is often used to explain suicide, so I can't help but find it appropriate. Brilliant work, Mr. Twist.
Sad, but I was expecting it for a while now. Mental problems can be very challenging even in modern times as the average person doesn't seem to understand the whole mechanics. People always complaining about beeing depressed, when they are simply sad doesn't help either. I don't blame his friends for "not beeing there enough" for him. I have been on both sides. Having to take care of someone with mental problems is hard. It's almost impossible, if said person doesn't at least try to take care of himself or take therapy serious. And they all had their own lives to take care of anyway. Only viable option I'd have seen here would have been to get him into a clinic with full time care. So again, it's sad, but as someone already pointed out, that's life. No one is really to blame here, but people will still think it's their fault. The guilt is not gonna be pretty.
Mr. Twist, thank you. Thank you for making a character with mental health issues real, whole, and multi-dimensional. Thank you for showing the struggles faced by not only them, but those around them. Thank you for showing people's attitudes and thank you for showing the struggle with medications and therapy. You took what is too often a trope, a flat character model, or a stereotype and making them a person, actual and whole. It validates and acknowledges a group of people that in many media portrayals are ignored or placed in a box.
If I recall correctly, this isn't just a story, this is a retelling of an actual life, in a fictionalized fashion. I'm sure Mr. Twist still misses Wiley's inspiration from time to time, and without knowing who the real person was, I'd like to think he's done a great job of portraying them through Wiley. That said, some of us still don't know what the next page brings.
since i started reading this comic.....around 5 years or so ago.... i remember in the beginning something like "why wiley did what he did".... i always thought this was what it was.... but when his journal was found, the hate inside made me think he murdered someone...