OK, I’m hooked. The more Peter Bagge reveals (and keeps hidden) about the testing for a psychoanalytic app where they make one man relive his life however he wants in a virtual reality, the more I’m fascinated by it. I don’t have any clue as to where this story is going, and I love it.
The characters in this book are getting really interesting. When we were first introduced to Guy I wasn’t sure what to make of him. After this issue, it’s clear that he’s a lot more intelligent than anyone is giving him credit for, and I’m really excited to see how he develops.
His relationship with his high school crush, Gail, and it speaks to the inner nerd in all of us that thinks about the ‘what if…’ when it came to the chicks (or dudes) we dug in school. The dynamic between program operator Angie and manager Wesley has also been fascinating, and Wesley’s douche-ness endears the reader to the generally unlikeable Angie. And Ted’s just a hoot.
Bagge’s illustrations have a great quirkiness, and it serves to both emphasize the comedy in the book and soften the very serious themes Bagge addresses. It’s just cool.
The book can be wordy at times, but it doesn’t feel like you’re wading through dialogue, rather you know your getting a great amount of story for your money. It’s natural, well written and great to read. Peter Bagge has me sold.