Similarly, Burns' ice-cold artwork polishes a "conventional" comic look to the nth degree, underlying the artificiality of what we take for normal. At times, Burns's work suggests that our worst fears about mainstream comics are true: that they are stamped out by machines programmed by someone who is going slightly insane.
"The work of Charles Burns is a vision that’s both horrifying and hilariously funny, and which he executes with cold, ruthless clarity... It’s almost as if the artist... as if he weren’t quite..... human!" – R. Crumb
"Burns is a central figure in a generation of artists who have absorbed Pop Art and pop culture as integral a part of their work as any classical tradition." – Spin
"At once alluring and grotesque, Burns' imagery has been eagerly embraced by the counterculture, mainstream media, and a recalcitrant art world without ever compromising his strikingly singular aesthetic." – Juxtapoz