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Sub-Standard Re-Issue Re-View (Alas),
This review is from: Hate: Buddy Does Seattle (Paperback)Peter Bagge - Auteur of the "Seattle" scene long before Nirvana lurched into international view, back when Temple of The Dog and Tad were playing seedy Olympia bars, back when a Lumberjack shirt could only be considered decent attire on the back of David Bellamy - is peerless in the realms of the Graphic Novel, and the lynchpin for the entire Fantagraphics book range. Most people would celebrate Kurt Cobain as the purveyor of the Seattle style, but Bagge's Buddy Bailey was rocking this look by 1989. Credit where Credit's due, the Slacker aesthetic starts here.
The Buddy Bailey stories (First published in Bagge's "Hate!" comic) are at turns ironic, puerile, petty, shocking, bombastic and feeble, which sums up perfectly the life of the '90s "Generation X" archetype, which in some ways still persists (and always will, the Slackers today have swapped the flannel for Adidas Tracksuits, that's all). Always hilarious and verging on the heavily bleak, Bagge even started colouring the final stories in order to cheer-up the nihilistic mood. This volume collects the first three volumes of Buddy's life in Seattle, whilst the second deals with his move back home to New Jersey (See "The Bradleys" for clarification).
This brings us to the only gripe I have with this edition - The earlier Fantagraphics Part's 1-6 are superiour in every way, down to better paper stock, larger folio, etc. The Purist should spend more money and time collecting these, and leave this to the Johnny-Come-Lately. Yes, the stories are all here... Just not the way they should be.