Easily the funniest superhero comic to come down the pike since Harvey Kurtzman and Wally Wood's Superduperman!, Angelman is Austrian cartoonist Nicolas Mahler's sardonic take on superheroes, their fans, the businessmen behind them, the current media obsession with them, not to mention fancy-ass Ultimate collections of dopey superhero comics.
Created by Korporate Comics in a flash of money-grubbing cynicism appalling even by their standards, Angelman's powers (which include empathy and the ability to be a good listener) prove less than adequate to deal with the sinister threat of the insane plastic-surgeon villain Gender Bender — or for that matter with the fickleness of fashion, the rapacious super-heroine Lady Dentata, the increasingly desperate reboot attempts by Korporate Comics, his oddly twin-like wife, a disastrously bad movie adaptation that singlehandedly brings the vogue for superhero movies to a screeching halt — all delineated in Mahlers trademarked ultra-minimalism (albeit this time in spectacular color), and with his drier-than-dry wit.
Includes a special checklist/price list of Angelman comics, a gallery, and extensive historical and explanatory footnotes by the author, this book will occupy a place of pride on the bookshelf of any comic book geek or anyone who enjoys hilarious comics.
Named "Best Funny Comic of 2012" by Paul Gravett
"Angelman is funny, original, beautifully drawn, with a touching story. Great comics in a minimalist style never before seen." — Tony Millionaire
"... Mahler’s little squiggly characters are adorable, and his gags are genuinely funny ... Angelman is a satire, yes, but it also revels to some extent in the goofiness of revamps, retcons, and all the other gimmicks that keep mainstream comics afloat." — The A.V. Club
"Mahler’s single-page strips are adorable and pack a bite ... this breezy book consistently charms even as it directly addresses some of the most depressing and enraging aspects of the comics industry." — Paste Magazine
"Nicolas Mahler’s childishly cute drawings put an adorable face on a satire with a pretty deep cynicism with the superhero comics industry ... Mahler’s points about corporate art certainly don’t aim for subtlety, but that doesn’t make them any less true, and a droll sense of humour keeps things from getting too preachy." —National Post
"The sequences wherein the comics publisher's editorial department consider the diehard fans' feedback are hilarious in their simplicity. Many cartoonists have attempted parodies of the super-hero culture, but Angelman is one of the few successful ones we've seen lately." — Knack Magazine