At long last: Daniel Clowes is back at Pantheon, with a brilliant new graphic novel already hailed by Time as “another of his hilariously slightly off-center worlds that have a vague sense of dread about them. Kind of like where you live.”
Welcome to Ice Haven! “It’s not as cold here as it sounds,” declares Random Wilder, our reluctant guide to this sleepy Midwestern town. He’s also its would-be poet laureate. Would-be, that is, were it not for the "Florid banalities” of his archrival, Ida Wentz, published ad nauseam in theIce Haven Daily Progress.Among Wilder’s other fellow Ice Havians are the lovelorn Violet Van der Plazt and Vida Wentz; the detective team of Mr. and Mrs. Ames; the adorable interracial moppets Carmichael and Paula; disaffected stationery salesgirl Julie Patheticstein; the Blue Bunny, newly sprung from prison and the bitterest rabbit in town; and poor little David Goldberg, missing for more than a week now…
While Dan Clowes has gotten a nod from the mainstream — an Oscar nomination for the screen adaptation ofGhost World -his work remains wonderfully idiosyncratic and imaginative. The lives of the men and women ofIce Havenare woven into a multi-layered tale that, while it owes a debt toOur Town, is ultimately based on and inspired by… Leopold and Loeb. No kidding.
Only Daniel Clowes could do it and, luckily for us, he has.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - vlcraven - LibraryThing
The hamlet of Ice Haven is home to the typical small town dramas–lovelorn teenagers, neighborhood rivalries, children taking their boredom out on one another, etc–when a young boy goes missing. You’d ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - questbird - LibraryThing
A comics-eye view of a small town a little like 'Twin Peaks'. Everyone is isolated and lonely and maybe a little mad; typical Clowes territory in other words. The comic (and its own foreword lambasts ... Read full review