In Treading, Not Running by Tori A. Rielly, Rat has stolen their sister’s van and run away from home. When they encounter an old robot named Ad0, Rat starts to scheme a way to get rich and maintain their addiction.
Slowly, Tori’s post-apocalyptic road trip comic reveals itself as a story of trauma, redemption, and friendship. While a lot of the details of Rat and Ad0’s personal traumas remain obscured, the emotional connection we feel for the two is strong. Tori provides no easy answers to dealing with emotional struggles, but shows a path forward for both of the main characters.