Monday, March 3, 2014

Calvin and Hobbes Complete Collection Review

  By. DLaw

One thing from pop culture that has shaped generations is comic strips. Calvin and Hobbes, by cartoonist Bill Watterson, is the story of a 5 year old that has a stuffed tiger that he believes is real and with whom he goes on amazing adventures. The strip began on November 18, 1985 and ended on December 31, 1995, and has since become one of the most successful syndicated comic strips in history.

Bite-sized review:

The design is really easy to follow. The art looks updated and feels like its from a brand new newspaper. The layout is divided by date starting with its very first strip and ending with its last strip (sadly, but all good things do come to an end). The Sunday strips are full paged, colored and presents more of Calvin’s amazing imagination.  The series touches on many topics such as public education, the environment, and, to an extent, politics and how flawed it is. The comics even delve into philosophical questions that can keep the reader pondering the answer long after we’ve read the strip.

The Complete Collection is long, with a total of four books, and though it seems like a tedious task to read them all, it’s worth it in the end. You will laugh at the satire and even be surprised that strips made around twenty or even thirty years ago can still be relevant to this day. Besides, reading stories of an awesome kid who has a tiger for a friend is pretty cool!

The collection is a bit pricey at $100, but it’s still a great reading experience.

All in all, I would totally recommend this collection. It gets a 5/5 and I highly recommended for anyone who reads comics and likes comic strips. The art style doesn’t need to be over the top like modern comics to impress you and the story will have you hooked till the end.

  • Complete collection of the series
  • Price
  • Full art in black and white or colored

  • Once you start, you can’t stop

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