Synopses & Reviews
Brought together for the first time in a single volume, these cult comics are lost classics of underground and independent British and American comic-strip art.
The comics collected in this anthology are the hidden gems of the comic worldindependent artists and writers who greatly influenced the world of comics.
[A]ltogether outstanding. The variety of style and subject is gratifyingly broad yet exclusive. Superheroes and funny animals are nowhere in sight, with the closest thing being the alien bodyguard, Sadist, in Dom Morris wild, Marvel-inflected portrayal of the pop-music biz as a criminally hedonistic racket. Equally raucous is Jonathan Edwards mash-up of Damon Runyon and An American Werewolf in London in Aunt Connie and the Plague of Beards,” which looks like an artistically streamlined, comedic outtake from Muñoz and Sampayos famous Alack Sinner. Very different in atmosphere is the harrowing kitchen-sink realism, full of close-ups and violence, of Gregory Bentons Hummingbird,” about a little girl unfortunately dependent on monumentally dysfunctional adults. Realistic autobiographical comics abound, from an Eddie Campbell story about his Blues” after being dumped to John Weldings diary comic about living in a country cottage, during which he frequently changes drawing style. Off on a tangent from drawn realism is Paul OConnells The Sound of Drowning,” a tour-de-force photo-collage in which Doris Day encounters the cast of TVs Happy Days in postapocalyptic America. And the other 14 entries are just as exceptional.
--Booklist starred review
[W]hat we get in this collection is a wide range of cult comics that span from the early 1990s to the modern day, each new comic has a brief biography of the creator, followed by some comments on what they are doing now. After that it is the story, or collection of stories. Each one is individual and different, with a unique way of story telling. This book will appeal to people who like independent press comics, and not the more mainstream superhero comics. The Mammoth Book of Cult Comics is for people who want a more unique story to be told in a unique style. 5 STARS
--Portland Book Review
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