Andrew Moreton looks at the newest entry from an autobio cartoonist who’s changed his perspective… Jeffrey Brown has been detailing his life in scratchy small panels since sometime in 2002. He keeps on plugging away at the autobio stuff and, like a lot of that genre’s more successful practitioners, manages to keep his fans coming back for more despite not very much happening.
This is much closer to being a character sketch than a (graphic) novel – not too much happens, there are no substantial crises, and so on. This is not in any sense a bad thing, since it’s one of the most incisive and profound character portraits I’ve seen in comics.
For me, one of the most consistently and hugely enjoyable comics of recent years, here collected for your convenience. The premise is simple enough: what if a top super-team were all assholes who hated each other?
This is an absolutely fascinating, compelling and disturbing graphic novel. The sophistication is in the thinking behind the story: this is a rich examination of ideas of beauty and the pressures to maintain it, and especially those on women and how that reflects on their position in the world.
This 400-page collection is a selection of the best from alternative Japanese anthology AX: outsider material, a lot of it with an approach or attitude that would be unacceptable in the big mainstream publications.