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Like a plot twist in an old action movie, you can’t be sure which of the masked crusaders of Calla Thompson’s “Hero and Baddie” will drop the heroine, screaming, off the top of the building, and which one will swoop down to save her—only to hold her for ransom, so that another, more virtuous hero will step in and save the day. In screenwriting, this is called a reversal—the audience is led to believe one thing about a character, only to have their assumption completely flipped around. Thompson is not a screenwriter, which means there’s even more room for ambiguity in her images. Is the guy with the ski mask and tattoos throwing darts? No, they’re roses. Is the man with the slingshot, hands thrown up in the air, guilty of mischief? Maybe he’s just defending himself. Hero and baddie are innocent until proven otherwise, but they seem pretty good at covering their tracks.
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