This volume is full of experimental art techniques, meaning that Michael Allred took some of the methods that animators use and applied it to Madman. You get a lot of scenes that look like stills from a Disney or Ghibli film, with great backdrops and semi-transparent effects with a lot of fluid activity. Allred also uses plenty of double-page spreads to tell his story, in fact it seems that one issue was nothing but double spreads (they connect in real life and are considered to be the longest continuous comic book panel ever)! There are flashbacks to Madman's life as the assassin Zane Townsend as he tries to penetrate his past, and we see Frank without his Madman suit watching a movie of his life. We learn that Joe has been annihilated and her molecules integrated with those of It Girl, Luna Romy, who lost her beau Adam Balm, the Metal Man, when he was destroyed and turned into the powerful Zombot. Of course, by the end of the book, science restores Adam and separates Joe from Luna, and everything is peachy. The book is virtually popping, bursting at the seams with tons of awesome artwork!
One episode involves the weird material transferium and what happens when Joe helps a bit of it get exposed to the world. In another adventure, Frank and the Atomics (those evil beatnicks who once fought Frank but have now become his super-powered accomplices) have conversation as they fight weird alien fish-lip snake creatures who want to devour a knocked-out It Girl, and they stretch a battle all across town, another adventure caused by Curious Frank using science he doesn't understand. Check out the Jay And Silent Bob's Secret Stash bookstore that they swing past in their battles. In another story, Madman clashes with Dr Flem, then gets from him some information about his past - a safety deposit box owned by his father! Haley Fou Fou comes down from space to explain the alien technology (non sequitar), and Frank checks the safe deposit box to get... a photo of a house and a key. In true David Lynch fashion, it's his old family home, where he grew up. He investigates the house alone, and of course it is haunted by some crazy Mormonic angel who explains the meaning of life (I think that's what he explained), someone called Zacheus who was a friend of Frank's in a pre-existence. Cool. The lab is attacked by a blue-bodied super-powered Monstadt, who throws everybody into a fire, but they survive when Joe calls upon special powers, and appears in her own white Madman bodysuit as a sort of Madwoman/Jean Gray Phoenix. Cool. The last 40 pages of the book are full of Allred sketches and some tribute drawings, as well as storyboard art from the non-starter movie project at Universal. There are also 12 pages dedicated to a "world's biggest comic book panel project (seen across the 14 double-page spreads when Frank and the Atomics are fighting the fish-lips snake monsters). The book says the full scrollable art is to be found at [...] but I can't find it when I go there.