In the concluding chapter of Sergio Ponchiones dreamworld masterpiece, the mysteriously omnipotent OBlique and the inquisitive Professor Hackensack wrap up all the loose ends, as we see what happened to the three protagonists of the first issue, and what Cryptic City is now like after the cataclysmic events of #2-3. Oh, and we also learn the meaning of life all in Ponchiones wildly inventive, super-detailed graphics.
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"...[A] suite of small character studies, mostly reprised from earlier issues, mostly concerning dissatisfaction over life’s elusive meanings – dynamic visuals both segregate Ponchione’s characters from one another (spatially, design-wise) and suggest a unity of anxiety across varied human experiences. Fun cartooning, at the very least." – Joe McCulloch, Comics Comics
"...[P]ossibly the most unjustly ignored book in the Ignatz line, just as surreal as Sammy [the Mouse], but more cartoony and cerebral, though no less haunting or effective a work. Constantly adventurous in its layout and narrative, it's one of those books that can be read multiple times and still make new discoveries." – Chris Mautner, Robot 6
Praise for the series:
Winner, Gran Guinigi prize for Best Series, 2009 Lucca Comics & Games festival: "Grotesque by Sergio Ponchione is a work that gives the reader an incredible number of suggestions and visual stimuli. At the same time disturbing, metaphysical, surreal, dreamlike, metaphoric, inventive and unabashedly referential, it is perhaps more than anything else a formidable and accomplished tribute to some great comic geniuses of the U.S., from Elzie Crisler Segar to Robert Crumb by way of Daniel Clowes and Charles Burns, but without forgetting the Italian maestro Benito Jacovitti. The prize for this saga is meant to be a recognition of an author who, having started professionally in the area of mass production, chose to explore the endless possibilities that the language grants to comics artists who, just like Ponchione, feel the urge to express his own poetic definition."
"Quite a wild ride." – Sequart
"Beautifully drawn light Lynchian fantasy... it's a fun set of vignettes, with a few really clever, moody set pieces." – Dick Hyacinth
"Sergio Ponchiones trippy take on time and memory [is] well worth your while." – Newsarama