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IDW Publishing is proud to offer this very special edition of Bloom County: The Complete Library Volume 4, limited to1,000 numbered copies, with bound-in bookplates, each signed by Bloom County creator Berkeley Breathed.

30 review for Bloom County: The Complete Library Volume 4 Limited Signed Edition

  1. 5 out of 5

    Megan Baxter

    This is the fourth of this complete library I've reviewed, and I don't think I really have anything new to say. I love Bloom County, the characters, the references to politics and pop culture I just barely get (but get enough to understand.) I love the way Breathed messes with cartooning conventions. But it is mostly the characters. This particular volume covers the time that Bill is traded to the Russians, comes back, becomes a heavy metal star, then a super-wealthy leftist pop star, then a tele This is the fourth of this complete library I've reviewed, and I don't think I really have anything new to say. I love Bloom County, the characters, the references to politics and pop culture I just barely get (but get enough to understand.) I love the way Breathed messes with cartooning conventions. But it is mostly the characters. This particular volume covers the time that Bill is traded to the Russians, comes back, becomes a heavy metal star, then a super-wealthy leftist pop star, then a televangelist. (That's a lot of changes over two years!) And where Opus meets Lola Granola and their romance ensues. Complete with the dissection of relationship pitfalls. There's nothing I can really add that I haven't already said. These are lovely. You should read them.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Hogan

    This is classic Bloom County. Lola Granola, Billy and the Boingers, boycotted by Donald Wildmon, the cast walks out due to the shrinking size of the newspaper strip. All that's missing is the flexi-disc.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Brad

    “It’s okay to worry, teaches Bloom County, because it’s okay to care. Yes, you may wear the armor of the cynic if you like. God / knows there’s enough hypocrisy, stupidity and failure around us to justify it. And cynicism is always funnier than actually giving a damn.” (Introduction, 6-7) This volume celebrates the return of the comic after a two month hiatus, due to the cartoonist getting in an ultra-light plane accident. After the burned out feeling I had from Vol. 3, it is nice to see the comi “It’s okay to worry, teaches Bloom County, because it’s okay to care. Yes, you may wear the armor of the cynic if you like. God / knows there’s enough hypocrisy, stupidity and failure around us to justify it. And cynicism is always funnier than actually giving a damn.” (Introduction, 6-7) This volume celebrates the return of the comic after a two month hiatus, due to the cartoonist getting in an ultra-light plane accident. After the burned out feeling I had from Vol. 3, it is nice to see the comic find the shape I fondly remember it as: zany with a heart, timely but not hack, politically clever rather than pandering. While certain plots could fall flat, like the heavy metal group Deathtongue, they are ultimately a success because of Breathed’s hilariously hyperbolic song titles and lyrics. (Usually Breathed’s poetry in the comic seems more stumble than smooth for me, but in heavy metal mockery he shines.) This volume also features: (view spoiler)[Steve Dallas quitting smoking, Oliver getting funding for the Star Wars initiative and Opus’ courtship of Lola Granola. --- Notable strips: p. 25 middle (Steve in a back brace receives the other end of loving someone only for their body) p. 28 top The best of the Star Trek comics. Opus’ life-preserving defense strategy. p. 49 dumb but good pun that plays at Opus’ innocence p. 61 Opus’ delusions of grandeur Opus dating/engaged to Lola Granola (64-70) Intro of Board of Bloom County guy (27, 60, 146) p. 85 Bill the Cat and Oliver teleport into one another p. 127 middle, Steve Dallas’ selfish Christmas gift p. 129 bottom, Milo gives Ronald Reagan a New Year’s Resolution p. 135 top, comment on tobacco industry p. 156, bottom “we feared the risks needed to excel in life…and now live a cowardly façade to mask our disappointed hope” Binkley meeting his older self p. 220 first appearance of Ronald-Ann p. 231 a brilliant twist on a knock-knock joke incorporating Sandinista p. 133-139 Steve must quit smoking plot Oliver getting funding for Star Wars space defense --- Here are all of the Deathtongue song titles and lyrics: p. 111 Deathtongue 111-125, 132-133, 135, 147, 174, 180 “Satan Love Boogie” 3rd verse: Lucifer do your duty / slam my head, shake your booty / wam bam, thank you nell / I’m on the Amtrak to hell “Snail Snot from Satan” “Satan’s swim / creeping from within / demon slime / dripping…” “Demon Drooler of the Sewer” When in doubt, just wing that mother “Leper Lover”: “Leper lover / creature of the dark / drip your disease / leave your mark / through the gutter / slime and stinky / George bush is a twinkie” “Pimples from Hell”: “Satan, don’t give me dem pimples / Pimples-oh / Pimples-oh / Pimples from hell!” “Hari-Kari for Barry [Manilow]” “Skateboarding to Satan” “Guillotine Your Parents” “Clearasil Messiah”: “Clearasil messiah from the shelf / zapping zits from here to hell” “Let’s…..tchie with a Tank” “Let’s guillotine grandpa / guillotine grandpa / guillotine grandpa / and put grandma in the soup” “Middle-of-the-road / man, it stanks / Let’s run over Lionel Ritchie with a tank” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Headbanger” “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus So I Blew Him Away” “Run with the devil / Shout Satan’s might / Deathtongue, Deathtongue / The Beast rises tonight” “Hell’s Bells” “Love Rhino”: “Lemme graze into your veldt / lemme stomple your albino / lemme nibble on your buds / I’m your love rhino” “U Stink But I <3 U” (hide spoiler)]

  4. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    Another brilliant collection of the Bloom County comic strip. This one, gathering all of the strips fro about an 18 month period between 1986 and 1987 include plenty of the more memorable storylines, such as the "Deathtongue/Billy and the Boingers," Opus getting kicked out of the meadow for "penguin lust," and plenty of other hilarious arcs. Artist Berkeley Breathed had, by this point, received plenty of acclaim and attention for the strip, which had broken so many conventions of the medium, and Another brilliant collection of the Bloom County comic strip. This one, gathering all of the strips fro about an 18 month period between 1986 and 1987 include plenty of the more memorable storylines, such as the "Deathtongue/Billy and the Boingers," Opus getting kicked out of the meadow for "penguin lust," and plenty of other hilarious arcs. Artist Berkeley Breathed had, by this point, received plenty of acclaim and attention for the strip, which had broken so many conventions of the medium, and he just kept pushing the envelope further. As I read through these (many of which I never remember seeing before), I often realized how many of them simply would NOT get printed in the funny pages today, given how political the strip was or just how overly sensitive the reading public has become. And Breathed adds some commentary, written in 2010 and 2011, to certain strips to offer some often-hilarious insight into what he was thinking about a particular strip, either back when he created it or much later upon revisiting it. As I worked my way through this collection (the fourth out of five), I was laughing out loud plenty of times - perhaps more than the previous three collections. This was just a brilliant addition to not only the comic strip medium but also a great work as a very American variety of satire and humaneness.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brian Rogers

    This is absolutely Breathed at the top of his game. The introduction makes an excellent observation that the motivating emotion of the strip is Anxiety, which is why the strip worked so well for we Gen-Xers. Being a teen in the 80's was balanced between these years on Bloom County and the parallel childhood of Calvin & Hobbes. For those who weren't alive then, the annotations from the author are super helpful. This is absolutely Breathed at the top of his game. The introduction makes an excellent observation that the motivating emotion of the strip is Anxiety, which is why the strip worked so well for we Gen-Xers. Being a teen in the 80's was balanced between these years on Bloom County and the parallel childhood of Calvin & Hobbes. For those who weren't alive then, the annotations from the author are super helpful.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Erik

    Several of the original characters take on more supporting roles as Breathed moves Opus and Bill the Cat front and center in some pretty solid stories. Best collection so far.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dominick

    The strip continues strong here with a few classic sequence,s notably the Billy and the Boingers rock parody, and Bill the Cat's brief stint as a fundamentalist preacher. Breathed's growing dissatisfaction begins to become evident, both in how he begnis to experiment with the Sunday strips and with how he makes one storyline about the characters going on strike to try to increase the space available for comics in the newspapers. as Breathed's disappointingly sparse and brief notes indicate, some The strip continues strong here with a few classic sequence,s notably the Billy and the Boingers rock parody, and Bill the Cat's brief stint as a fundamentalist preacher. Breathed's growing dissatisfaction begins to become evident, both in how he begnis to experiment with the Sunday strips and with how he makes one storyline about the characters going on strike to try to increase the space available for comics in the newspapers. as Breathed's disappointingly sparse and brief notes indicate, some of these strips have not aged well, but many others are frighteningly just as true today as they were almost thirty years ago.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Seth

    The very first strip in this collection reminded me of Berkeley Breathed's most brilliant idea in Bloom County: that Opus, Milo, Steve, and all the others are actors performing in a scripted production, like a sitcom that that we view through the windows of the panels, but that those actors are playing themselves living their real lives in the world of Bloom County, which only exists for our benefit. Alas, this also made me realize that I subconsciously stole that idea whole cloth for a pilot I w The very first strip in this collection reminded me of Berkeley Breathed's most brilliant idea in Bloom County: that Opus, Milo, Steve, and all the others are actors performing in a scripted production, like a sitcom that that we view through the windows of the panels, but that those actors are playing themselves living their real lives in the world of Bloom County, which only exists for our benefit. Alas, this also made me realize that I subconsciously stole that idea whole cloth for a pilot I wrote in 2010. It's flattery, Berke.

  9. 4 out of 5

    David Rickert

    Bloom County was the first comic strip that really captured my imagination and it's been a joy to go back and read these strips over again. In this volume we see the first appearance of Billy and the Boingers (and the Sunday strip that launched the songwriting contest that resulted in the plaastic record in "Billy and the Boingers! bootleg"). Of course there were plenty of "oh yeah!" moments as I read strips I had forgotten but read multiple times in my childhood. One more volume to go!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Content - Hilarious. Eerily still pertinent to today. Too far to the left for my tastes, but still entertaining. Mechanics - this is the peak of Breathed's form. What we think of when we think 'Bloom County'. The characters have fully matured (from a literary stand point that is) the writing flows and the gags are good. Squeaky Clean - cleaner than the previous ones - there's still plenty of bad words and inappropriate cartoons.

  11. 4 out of 5

    James

    Hilarious stuff as Breathed continues to play with both his format and his times. This volume has several classic storylines, including the crew forming a heavy metal band, Bill the Cat becoming a televangelist (with the consequent epidemic of "penguin lust") and finally the whole cast going on strike to protest the shrinking of the comics page. Hard to describe, but easy to enjoy, especially if you like clever, anarchic wit.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mark Bult

    These first six or seven years of Bloom County were just awesome, containing classics from my childhood that I’ll never forget. Looking back through each and ever daily strip, though, also reminded me of some I’d completely forgotten about, plus the first book let me see the early strips I missed, before my local papers had syndicated the comic.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brad

    A wonderful walk down memory lane. All the comics, in a wonderfully bound book with high quality paper. A must read for those who had to endure the '80s. Can not wait for the next volume - "Outland."

  14. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    Breathed was in fantastic form for this run of the strip. I particularly liked the section dealing with the rock and roll career of Deathtongue, aka Billy and the Boingers. Though really, their antics weren't any more over the top than a lot of real life bands of the era.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rob Hermanowski

    Breathed's brilliant '80's strip was never better than during these years ('86-'87), especially with the introduction of the Heavy Metal band "Deathtongue" (add umlaut on the "o"), which later morphed into "Billy and the Boingers" - great memories!

  16. 4 out of 5

    David

    Mike gave me this one (and the other three). After writing reviews on four volumes, you run out of things to say, but I still loved it. If you have ever been a Breathed fan, check this one out.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I freaking love Berkeley Breathed. Love.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ben Brackett

    These comics serve as a reminder of how cyclic everything is and how little things have really changed.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ben

    One word--Deathtonuge.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Carl Nelson

    Volume 4 contains what is far and away my favorite Bloom County storyline: the Deathtöngue/Billy and the Boingers saga. This volume has page after page of favorites. A real treat!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sean

    Still funny and smart and weird.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mark Patton

    Love these guys, and it is amazing how well Bloom County stands up over time. Berk Breathed is a genius.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Gareth Bogdanoff

    This is a must-read for just about everyone I know. This volume includes the Deathtöngue / Billy and the Boingers storyline as well as Oral Bill. Read it. You'll like it.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Eric Bauman

    Reliving one of the best comic strips ever. This volume covers the DeathTongue/Fundamentally Oral Bill period. Yes, many of the references are dated, but it is still a joy to read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    W H

    HILARIOUS and timeless!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

  27. 5 out of 5

    Aneil

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mark Florence

  29. 4 out of 5

    Foma Kaufman

  30. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

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