Bat Boy by Peter Bagge

Bat Boy: The Complete Weekly World News Comic Strips
by Peter Bagge
IDW, 2010

A belated compilation of an enjoyable but uncharacteristically slight effort from the mighty Bagge, first printed seven years ago in the now-defunct World Weekly News as a kind of meta-commentary on their most famous creation, Bat Boy.

It’s full of the usual Bagge squiggles, gnashes and freakouts, but his heart doesn’t really seem to be in developing an interesting plot, and the satire is a bit obvious. I’m guessing this is because it was printed episodically in a (semi) mainstream publication. And, of course, not everything can be as grand a spray of social-commentary invective as Bagge’s Hate.

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