Saturday, 30 August 2014

Mister Wonderful Review (Daniel Clowes)

Mister Wonderful is the story of Marshall, a damaged divorcee meeting another damaged divorcee in a coffee shop on a blind date. The book covers their evening, taking in their awkward first encounter, and their brief misadventures from there. It's nothing too dramatic – it is Dan Clowes! - but I don't want to give away the whole story here as it's quite a short book.

If you've read Clowes before you'll be familiar with the characters - neurotic, nervous, awkward people struggling with basic things like polite conversation and self-expression. Marshall and his date are the same, Clowes-ian characters you've seen before in his other books like Ghost World, Caricature, Ice Haven, etc. 

While the book is a decent read, it's very much like Clowes' previous work and doesn't really do anything different to stand out from them. It's not as funny as "Wilson" but is interesting enough to make it worth checking out if you enjoy indie comics. Comparatively though, he’s done better and the book is about as close to a cookie-cutter Clowes book as you could get.

Mister Wonderful: A Love Story

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