Monday, April 30, 2012

Mister Wonderful by Daniel Clowes

In Daniel Clowes' graphic novel Mister Wonderful, friends have arranged for two lonely, middle-aged people to meet. Marshall and Natalie have both been emotionally damaged by earlier relationships, but there is unmistakable chemistry between them on their first date. Dramatic events lead to the couple spending far more time together than originally planned.

Marshall's constant internal monologue is what gives this story poignancy. His fears and flaws are revealed and given centre stage. Marshall's thoughts often obscure the speech balloons of Natalie's conversation.

Marshall is so obviously not Mister Wonderful, nor does he consider himself to be... and yet he just might be perfect for Natalie. There's a lid for every pot.

Readers who enjoy quiet introspection will find Mister Wonderful rich, melancholy and tender. I look forward to hearing Daniel Clowes at the Comics Philosophy and Practice Conference in Chicago in May.

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