Yet more in the Rusty Brown series. Every diminishing returns since Corrigan. Yet another tale of a socially inept childlike adult that fails at life. Ware seems to have said all he needed to with Corrigan and is just padding out old themes. What's the point, we get your childhood was unhappy, get over it already! This is my last Ware book, I'm not sticking around for yet more of the same bullsh*t in volume 20. I thought superhero comics have become pointless, but stories about middle-age masturbators isn't a good replacement. Get a grip, but not on your penis.
I couldn't disagree with this view more. This is probably Ware's best work to date. Claiming that his work is purely about a "socially inept" and "middle aged masturbator" that fails at life is missing the point entirely and is an oversimplification in the extreme. I can't think of one character that Ware has introduced us to that isn't a failure in some way or another. Whats fascinating, touching, sometimes painful and sometimes funny is discovering why. After all, aren't we all failures to a greater or lesser degree? Everyone has hopes and aspirations that they never end up achieving which are conveniently forgotten and tucked away once they reach adulthood. Everybody hurts. Everyone has secrets and yearnings. Hell, I'll push the boat out and say everbody masturbates! Yes, there are themes which Ware touches upon frequently in his body of work but the themes he chooses to explore are universal and can be explored in many different ways. The overriding feeling I get after reading a Ware book is a sense of understanding what it is to be a human and for that i am grateful. But, each to their own i suppose. I am just very sorry for you that you can't see it.