Tuesday, September 08, 2009

_Zot! The Complete Black and White Collection_ by Scott McCloud

This thick volume collects a bunch of McCloud's Zot! comics from 1987-1991. Hey, that's when I was in high school. I hadn't read any of these before, though I'd read one Zot! volume and all the on-line Zot! material.

This was a great read. Zot! is a series that focuses on a teenage superhero from another dimension and his relationship with Jenny, a teenager from our earth. Zot's world is the world of 60s flying cars made real, so its utopianism contrasts with our own world.

There's a bit about Zot fighting supervillains, but most of the stories revolve around things like Jenny trying to figure out her feelings for Zot. Late in the book there are several stories from the viewpoints of some of the minor characters; these are excellent. One from the point of view of a closeted gay character stands out. It's good stuff.


  1. This sounds very interesting. It's funny that more people, including myself, are familiar with McCloud's work as a commentator and critic of comics rather than as a creator.

  2. Okay, I found this on Amazon in paperback digest form for less than $10 new and bought it. Thanks for feeding my impulsive book-buying beast!