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Library JournalJodorowsky’s films (El Topo; The Holy Mountain) and the late Moebius’s (d. 2012) artwork (Arzach; Silver Surfer: Parable) have bolstered their reputations as creative craftsmen without making them household names. Their phantasmagorical, erotic Madwoman won’t change that, but theirs is a kind of “supergroup” collaboration that’s worthy of mention, as examples of artists pushing one another into challenging territory. The plot concerns a philosophy scholar writing is both authentic and poetic. The story follows young lovers Tubby and Vim, whose plan to escape the mistakes of their lives involves breaking into a safe belonging to Tubby’s gang, the One Tricks. But they aren’t the only ones with this plan, and things quickly deteriorate. Reprinted for the first time in color by Jamie Grant (All-Star Superman), the story is followed by a section titled “Deep Cuts,” which features some of Pope’s rarest works, from two-page illustrated poems and personal reflections to full-length manga adventures.
Verdict The work in its entirety is a must-read for Pope fans. Purists might be turned off by the added color, but the “Deep Cuts” are largely historical. A stylish neonoir recommended for crime fiction fans.—Peter Petruski, Cumberland Cty. Lib. Syst., Carlisle, PA
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