Posted by: sophiabooksblog | March 27, 2010

Zot!: The Complete Black And White Collection

Zot!: The Complete Black And White Collection: 1987-1991
by Scott McCloud
(Harper Paperbacks)
ISBN: 978-0-06-153727-1

Here’s the short review: If you’re looking for something to buy a teenager–any teenager out there–get Zot. If they don’t read much, that’s okay–it’s a graphic novel. If they do read a lot, that’s cool–it’s deep. If you’re looking to get a gift for someone romantic, get Zot. If you’re searching for the perfect present for anyone sentimental or nostalgic, get Zot. It’s that easy.

The plot is simple: Zot is a superhero from an alternate Earth where it’s always 1965 and everything is utopian and optimistic. Coming through a portal, he ends up in our Earth, where there’s disappointment and heartbreak. But there’s also Jenny. And while you could categorize Zot as a superhero comic, you’d be doing the book a disservice, because it’s the extremely beautiful and human story of Zot and Jenny’s love that makes it an enduring work

It’s not a ‘girl book’–there are plenty of fight scenes and humour for anyone who thinks I’m playing it up too soppy–and for older readers (i.e. people-old-enough-to-have-teenagers-of-their-own) the issue about Jenny’s mom should elicit some bittersweet wistfulness. Zot is, as I previously stated, a book for everyone–a book that literally everyone can and will enjoy. Unless you’re a bigot. Or have no soul. If that’s the case, I don’t think I have any book recommendations for you. Maybe the 2010 Gun Digest. For everyone else, though, take an afternoon and get lost in Zot. I guarantee it will be worth it. –Chris

P.S. Issue #33 makes me cry every time I read it. Every. Single. Time.


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