Review: Madman Atomic Comics Vol.1

Mike Allred is one of the greats of modern comics, being the best pop artist the medium has ever produced (with the possible exception of Steranko).  And now, after taking a number of years off to work on other projects he has finally returned to his greatest creation, Madman.

Now Madman had always been a great comic, fun, clever, and full of brilliant art (and 70’s rock references), but in the time off it is clear that Allred has grown enormously as an artist.  He’s picked up a new pencilling technique (influenced by a new friendship with Eric Powell) and has begun to experiment far more in each issue.  Most notable in this collection is the third issue in which Madman goes off on a metaphysical journey to redefine himself, passing through a series of images in which Allred exorcises all of his artistic influences.  Every panel of the issue is modeled on a different artist, and Allred nails each and every tribute (these range from illustrators like Maurice Sendak to animators like Chuck Jones to comics luminaries like George Herriman and Gil Kane).

Allred has also picked up some changes to his writing after working with Peter Milligan on the X-Statix, a book that was unafrad to completely upset the story in every issue.  Madman is now a book in which anything can happen at any time.  This approach isn’t entirely without its faults.  In a seeming effort to prove how far he’s willing to go Allred has opted to kill off two of the more important characters almost randomly, and their death scenes ring a bit hollow.  But overall Allred’s gambles have paid off and Madman has become a comic truly worth watching.

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