Page 45 Review by Jonathan
"I am the wood car that mom made...
"I will come back at the end of the story.
"I am made with great love and care...
"My body is of sturdy cherry that has been sanded.
"I am a gift handed down from a parent to child.
"I will bring great comfort to those in need.
"But I will also bring back bad memories.
"I'm a very complicated car."
Quite so. It's also a little fibber because I'm pretty sure, unless I've missed something, that it does not return. However, I was so delightfully bamboozled as to what the hell was going on by the time I'd finished, I'd forgotten all about the car until I returned back to the beginning for a second approach. Having just re-read this pink, white and brown trick or treat, I'm still no wiser as to whether this is one contiguous story or in fact several very, very different vignettes of completely different genres that continually reprise throughout. I think it's the former, but it's still got me puzzling over it!
After our one-page automobile themed introduction, the strips come thick and fast in two- and four-page spurts. Between mental breakdowns, imposter moms, malfunctioning robotic sentries from the future, dungeoneering kids fighting mud monsters, mad scientists trying to communicate with intelligent simians, one-way time-travelling portals, a random guilt-tripping photo-story and errr... a farting, talking hotdog bringing this exercise in insanity to a conclusion, you'll be just as entertained and confused in equal measure as me, I suspect.
It's either one of the most esoteric themed concept anthologies you're ever likely to come across, on the topic of mater familias, or something even cleverer than that. I still think there is a tenuously, tautologically twisted thread running riot right through this. I really am going to have to go back for a third read to try and work it out. Brilliant stuff! Fans of Michael BIG KIDS DeForge, Box AN ENTITY OBSERVES ALL THINGS Brown and Malachi FROM NOW ON Ward this one is for you, trust me.