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Strips #10
posted December 22, 2005

Creators: Chuck Austen
Publishing Information: White Buffaloe Press
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I'd heard that previous issues of this series, published by Rip-Off, balanced explicit sex with affecting soap opera, packaged up in Austen's pleasing, mainstream-sensibility art style. From what I've read in #10, this isn't the case. In fact, rather than adding something of interest by injecting soap opera elements into an X-rated series, Austen now has two types of comic going at once, neither of which satisfy. The sex depicted is boring; the soap opera is deathly boring. In fact, the pacing is so slow that it comes across as its own item of interest, a plodding action-by-action narrative that reminds one of the overtly slow Pekar stories. But that's not a good thing; it's just weird.

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.