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Zot! by Scott McCloud
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Aug 30, 2012

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bookshelves: graphic-novels, manga
Read from August 26 to 28, 2012

I was ready to give this book a bad review, reviling Scott McCloud for ever doing anything but smart analyses of the comics medium like in Understanding Comics. Then, I got to the last third of this graphic novel. The first two thirds of Zot consist of McCloud finding himself as a writer and unfortunately that means many of the stories are nonsensical villains of the week combined with overwrought humor. Zot himself is pretty boring and the characters around him are meaningless.

Then, two thirds of the way through its run, its like Scott McCloud realized that Zot as a character is dull and needed to focus more on human drama. At this point, "Earth Stories" as they're called, this comic takes a Strangers in Paradise-esque turn. The stories focus on love, slices of life, and ancillary characters to great success. The cheesy villains have disappeared, and for some reason there's a kid in underwear still hanging around. This makes for a much better comic, it's just a shame that it took Mr. McCloud to progress enough to get to that point in his storytelling.
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