The world is a confusing place. A comic about a confusing world should be confusing too.” Chris Gavaler, PopMatters
“This artful, ambiguous character study will both challenge and fascinate adventurous art comics readers.” Publishers Weekly
“Bradley of Him feels like a new cult classic, an addition to the lexicon of modern outsider storytellers and haunted urban dreamers.” Arpad Okay, The Comics Beat
“Bradley Of Him plugs right into a moment when the popularity of the middle-brow superhero is pushing into more challenging territory. And in the wake of [Bradley] Cooper’s celebrated directorial turn with A Star Is Born, the comic’s manic, Academy Award-obsessed actor feels ripped from reality.” Jesse Locke, NOW Magazine
“Willumsen has built up a hilarious and philosophically challenging meditation on individuality, capitalism, celebrity, connection and, under it all, absurdity.” Etelka Lehoczky, NPR
“Positioning the actor/director/entertainment figure Bradley Cooper as its central figure, Bradley of Him explores a web of shared narrativesawards-season validation,vision quests, career arcs, and mentor-student dynamics among otherswhich celebrities, more visibly than most of us, struggle to move through. This same pervasive tanglewe’ll call it cultureis just one of the book’s many subjects, and does something wild to us all.” George Elkind, The Comics Journal
“Bradley of Him, unlike a crushing majority of its medium, takes as its subject matter the kind of stuff we’re constantly inured to treat with import. Celebrities, extreme athletic feats, big-budget entertainment products, and ostentatious leisure combine into a book that manages a legitimate dialogue with the world around it, attempting and succeeding at something most comics abdicate completely.” Matt Seneca, The Comics Journal
A famous actor named Bradley charges out of the Las Vegas hotel where he is staying and runs far out into the blazing heat of the surrounding desert. He ignores stranded motorists, police officers searching for a missing man, and an EMT crew anxious to make sure he's staying hydrated. As he runs, the actor reflects on inspiration, intelligence, his own career and the life and work of Robert De Niro. A sudden cut to the actor nervously vomiting in the bathroom during the Academy Awards reveals that the actor and De Niro were recently rivals in the Best Actor category. Out in the desert, the actor entertains a group of travelers with celebrity impressions; upon returning to the hotel, he mingles with gamblers on the casino floor. Cartoonist Willumsen (Anti-Gone) is an expert draftsman and designer, presenting pages that swirl with action and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny dialog as scenes segue into one another with an often dreamlike quality. VERDICT Willumsen pokes fun at the vapidity of celebrity culture and seems interested in satirizing a particularly American sense of entitlement, but ultimately he obscures whatever point he has in mind in favor of remaining willfully, and fascinatingly, perplexing.