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posted January 5, 2006
I like these books; I'm just not sure they're any good. Hell, I don't even know what this person's name is, although if I had taken a copy of Coober Skeber
#2 (The Marvel Benefit Issue) on the road, I could probably tell because I think he's in there.
All three issues of this comic contain crudely drawn, odd stories that have a feverish intensity to them. The way they're told -- winding panel-to-panel transitions filling each page (a guide is given how the pages are to be read) -- is both what is noteworthy about the series and the deciding factor behind what stories are told. The events in the Maggots
books are broken down into simple actions: jumping up and down, for example. It's a rhythm that could only be done with the number of panels the artist uses. There are also some very disconcerting, artsy but effective touches like text being written across certain panels. All in all, this is a unique experience, and one worth checking out. I'd say, "Don't Take My Word For It," but I haven't really said anything, have I?
This review was written in the late 1990s as part of a then-ongoing freelance gig; I apologize if it reads oddly or seems incomplete.