Thursday, December 10, 2009
Why I Hate Saturn by Kyle Baker
I love lists of best books. That's how I found this one, which was in Danny Fingeroth's top 10 graphic novels in the Guardian. Kyle Baker's Why I Hate Saturn was published by DC Comics in 1990, but the witty dialogue and larger-than-life characters still seem fresh, nearly 20 years later. 20-something Anne is a columnist for a trendy magazine in New York City. She drinks way too much. Her best friend is an African-American guy named Ricky. Anne's sister Laura turns up and overstays her welcome. Anne can't stand Laura for lots of reasons, but especially because, despite Laura's mental instability - she believes she is from Saturn - she has no trouble picking up men. It turns out, however, that one of Laura's ex-boyfriends is even crazier than she is.