Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Maxx - Volume 3

The Maxx (Volume 3)The Maxx by Sam Kieth

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The third volume of The Maxx starts with Maxx wandering around in a strange Outback that's composed of makeshift tents and giant aluminum poles, where he meets another Maxx, this one with the head of a horse. He wakes to find himself in bed with Sarah and reallizes it was her Outback, not Julie's. Meanwhile, Julie bursts in and is nine months pregnant. From there, The Maxx and The Leopard Queen go on an odessey in the Outback and get to the bottom of things. All the big questions in the series so far are answered. Who was the Maxx before he put on the mask and costume? What's the deal with The Outback and the Leopard Queen anyway? And how is Mr. Gone REALLY tied up into things?

The third volume brings the first Maxx arc to a satisfying conclusion. The overall plot of the first twenty issues is rooted in both psychology and the Australian belief in the Dreaming. Pretty heavy stuff, especially considering it was published by a company specializing in big breasts and big guns. This volume leads nicely into the fourth, which picks up ten years later.

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