The fourth collection of strips from Eric Orner's syndicated comic, "The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green," flips back and forth between the latest developments in Ethan's life--including his on-again, off-again romance with Doug and a new job as a personal assistant to a closeted celebrity weatherman--and hilarious one-off gag strips like "Really Pretty Far Off the Circuit Circuit Parties" and the "Dream Date Alphabet" ("Umberto is Unfaithful, and Vincent is Vicious"). Part of the joy of reading Orner's work in these collections is that it highlights the strength of his long-range storylines, which include a cast of nearly a dozen supporting characters, from his best friend, Buck, to the wacky Hat Sisters--who, in one memorable strip, provide their own delicious solution to the Clinton impeachment crisis, including washing out a certain independent prosecutor's mouth with soap.
In Ethan Exposed: Further Adventures from Ethan Green's Social Life, Ethan-- the quinttessential gay everyman---blows sideways through awkward family gatherings, shady ex-boyfriends, thankless jobs and cybersex with startling realism and warmth.
The sucess of the Ethan Green franchise lies in the author's unique ability to insert subtle yet biting commentaries on everything from bar culture to the delicacies of maintaining a three-way relationship.
Ethan Exposed is the fouth book in the Ethan Green series. Reading an Ethan Green comic is a bitter-sweet, raw experience because its humor is based on universal feelings of isolation, self-doubt and a need for acceptance.
What separates Orner's work from other gay-themed comic strips is his uncanny attention to detail..forming a richly textured, multi-layered comic.
Litterary bullies may kick sand in Orner's face, claiming a book comprised of cartoon strips could not equal the substance of a novel, but Orner's fans would argue that certain elements of gay culture can only be told through this medium. -- The Windy City Times(Chicago Illinois) September 9, 1999