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The Washington Post on THE ALCOHOLIC

THE WASHINGTON POST'S Media Mix 10/5

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/02/AR2008100203509.html?sub=AR

COMIC


The Alcoholic

By Jonathan Ames and Dean Haspiel (Vertigo/DC Comics, $19.99)

BASIC STORY: In his graphic novel debut, the celebrated author of "Wake Up, Sir!" spins a quasi-autobiographical story that stumbles from teenage blackouts to the shock of Sept. 11 as lead character Jonathan A. wrestles with addiction.

SAMPLE GRAB: "I had thought, at first, that I would just get sober again, but the booze had gotten into my skin, my psyche. I had felt some relief that day in Asbury Park. It was the relief of oblivion."

WHAT YOU'LL LOVE: With Haspiel's art imparting a manic joy and fearsome dread to the narrative, Ames recounts poignant traumas, sexual escapades and coming-of-age angst with equal aplomb.

WHAT YOU WON'T: Even sympathetic readers may determine that it's really self-absorption that's driving Jonathan A.'s self-destruction, especially given the abrupt ending.

-- Evan Narcisse

GRADE: A-
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