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X'ed Out

by: Charles Burns

Publisher: Pantheon (2010)

$21.95

Staff Pick by comrade: CP

Charles Burns' work haunting, surreal & beautiful rendered. Like remembering a terrifying and bizarre dream it unsettles you while drawing you into the strange world his characters inhabit. One of the most exciting comix artists working right now. Also highly recommended is "Black Hole" his multiple award-winning story set in Seattle

From the creator of Black Hole: the first volume of an epic masterpiece of graphic fiction in brilliant color. Doug is having a strange night. A weird buzzing noise on the other side of the wall has woken him up, and there, across the room, next to a huge hole torn out of the bricks, sits his beloved cat, Inky. Who died years ago. But who�s nonetheless slinking out through the hole, beckoning Doug to follow. What�s going on? To say any more would spoil the freaky, Burnsian fun, especially because X�ed Out, unlike Black Hole, has not been previously serialized, and every unnervingly meticulous panel will be more tantalizing than the last . . . Drawing inspiration from such diverse influences as Herg� and William Burroughs, Charles Burns has given us a dazzling spectral fever-dream�and a comic-book masterpiece.