Bloom County Episode XI: A New Hope by Berkeley Breathed

Bloom County Episode XI: A New HopeBloom County Episode XI: A New Hope

by Berkeley Breathed

eARC, 144 pg.
IDW Publishing, 2016

Read: September 10, 2016

I have a hard time believing it’s been 25 years since the last Bloom County collection — but that’s mostly because I’m in denial about my age. Even if it’d only been 2.5 years, it’d be great to see the ol’ gang back together.

I really don’t know what to say here — what can anyone say about Bloom County at this point? It’s about as good as it ever was. I could be wrong, but I’m not sure that Breathed is as sharp as he was last time out, but who is? And when you’re world is as well-developed, with such a great cast of characters, and strong point of view, no one’s going to complain. Well, at least I’m not.

The author’s note explaining his return to the comic, the little bonuses hidden through the pages, and being able to read these offline make this a must for fans — whether you actually listened to the Billy and the Boingers record or if you first read them on Facebook. It’s not just a nostalgia trip, there’s good material here.

One note about format — you want this in paperback. I don’t want to complain, but this was a nightmare to read on my eReader. Paper is the only way to go with this.

Disclaimer: I received this eARC from IDW Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for this post — thanks to both for this.


4 Stars

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