Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Book Review: Big Baby, by Charles Burns, Fantagraphics Books, 2010, 103 pages.

This is a true gem. To read this collection in one volume is a joy when you consider that these panels originally appeared as a series of strips during the 1980s. As a compilation, the storyline is uninterrupted and the characters and adventures are as fresh as they are timeless.

Mr. Burns’ ability to straddle reality with Big Baby’s imaginings of reality, and the ever present supernatural element, are a masterfully choreographed waltz. ‘Big Baby’ is fun, outright funny and yet, poignant.

For those of you who have never had the pleasure, our hero, Big Baby, is a geek, an oddball and naïve to the ways of world. He sees life through the context of his fictional world of monsters and spacemen. He truly is a part of all of us who dabble in the business of comics, horror, science fiction and published sleaze. Come on, admit it: if you can identify any of the monster toys on the front or back covers of this book, you qualify.

Not a bad thing. No. Big Baby is truly heroic.

The book presents three separate tales, in order: “Curse of the Molemen”, “Teen Plague” and “Blood Club”. I don’t want to divulge too much as it would diminish your enjoyment, but you will encounter ghosts, a plague, babes, a talking eyeball, gun play and creatures of the night.

This is a steady read and a wonderful night’s entertainment. It’s so good I wish there were more stories in this book.

I highly recommend this volume.

But it here.

1 comment:

S.C. said...

Nice review, and keep them coming, but . . . where is fiction Friday???

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