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Presents the adventures of The Maxx, a homeless superhero who lives in a cardboard box, and his social worker, Julie.
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This volume collects seven issues of what's surely one of the weirdest "mainstream" comics ever published. The Maxx is a huge, purple homeless man who thinks he's a superhero, and this tome reveals his origin. Kieth's characters live in two worlds simultaneously: the real world and the "outback," a dream world inspired by Australian aboriginal beliefs. The Maxx's friend Sarah visits his outback and studies the tapes left by her murderous father, Mr. Gone. From these, Sarah deduces that her friend Julie inadvertently created the Maxx when she deliberately ran down a man she believed was threatening her. Meanwhile, Julie's outback has gone from being a jungle to a desert of skulls. Indeed, everything in The Maxx is mutable, not least the art. Neither the landscapes nor the characters can be counted on to look the same from panel to panel; their changes reflect and signal changes in mood. In fact, the psychological state of the characters is the story. This could make for a rather formless reading experience, but Kieth keeps it interesting by slowly unfolding the revelations and tossing in some pretty excellent action sequences. Though barely a superhero comic, this series is an eccentric, unclassifiable minor classic.
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Kieth says many readers of his kaleidoscopically dazzling The Maxx say they don't get it. The third installment of The Maxx graphic-novel series winds up showing why it's so befuddling, for a flashback in it represents Maxx, whose purple muscle suit had masked what seemed to be an insecure adolescent, as a street bum whom the Maxx's curvaceous inamorata (he hopes), Julie, ran down with the flaming-red convertible she got for college. Well, maybe it ain't so, or is so in a more complicated way that shall be revealed. Meanwhile, Julie's back from running away, massively pregnant; Maxx and friend Sarah think she has been a slut. Then Sarah is mistakenly busted and nearly eaten by an isz in jail. And in The Maxx's alternate reality, the Outback, Maxx and the Leopard Queen, who looks a lot like Julie, are saving the universe. "I forgot how much I hate saving the universe," Maxx sighs. Devotees of this wonderful series that is more loose ends than plot will, however, love it. Ray Olson
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