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Public Enemy #2: An All-New Boondocks Collection Paperback – April 26, 2005

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Book 4 of 5 in the Boondocks Series

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Editorial Reviews


“Outrageously provocative.” —Entertainment Weekly

“The most biting and consistent critique of the war and its discontent in the nation’s mass media.” —The Nation

“One of the most successful comic strips ever.” —Black Enterprise

“Sacred cows should graze with caution in the boondocks.” —The Crisis

“McGruder may consider himself a comic strip creator first, but his controversial work has turned him into both political lightning rod and intellectual heavyweight.” —Seattle Times

“Sociopolitical cartoonist Aaron McGruder is peddling a humorous but insightful cultural revolution to 20 million people a day with his comic strip The Boondocks.” —Jet

“McGruder’s scathing take-no-prisoners wit is usually dead on.” —The Comics Journal

“Controversial, unapologetically political, and very entertaining.” —Black Issues Book Review

About the Author

Aaron McGruder is the creator of The Boondocks, which made its print debut in 1997 in The Diamondback, a student newspaper at the University of Maryland, and now appears daily in more than 300 newspapers around the country and online at He is the author of the bestselling A Right to Be Hostile and the coauthor of Birth of a Nation. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (April 26, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400082587
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400082582
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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48 of 55 people found the following review helpful By B. Brenner on November 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
I am wild about Aaron McGruder. He captures the very essence of political satire with his adorable characters in the Boondocks. I have watched him on Bill Maher and can certainly see why he has remained so popular. Huey and Cesar often ponder a world in which the Democrats regained control of the country, but realize that Kerry was just a punk. Grandad's crusty ways make me laugh every morning on the way to work, and Riley's thug attitude brings it all back to Earth, proving that even the most serious political pundit can have a sense of humor and still get his point across. I also think Aaron McGruder is hot.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Adam Chupka on September 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
The Boondocks is undoubtedly the most important mainstream comic since its obvious and admitted predecessor, Doonesbury. However, the connection these strips share is in purpose, because their contents are dramatically different.

Picture the white-picket fence tranquility of your stereotypical suburb within comfortable driving distance of the thuggish-ruggish city.

Everything is just peaches, and roses, and whatever else, until this family moves in. Now the old fella, Grandpa, he's cool because he's soooo old he's just happy to be living, and indifferent to most current affairs, because hey, at least he doesn't have to run from a crazy mob of Klan members like they had to in the old days.

His grandsons, however, are different. Riley, that pint-sized DMX/50 Cent/Ja Rule wannabe, brings the real ghetto (or so he and they think) to this used to be perfect setting. Even worse is older Huey, whose calls for revolution contain too much fire for this complacent community.

Throughout their daily lives, Huey rails against modern politics, race relations, and pop culture, while Riley embraces these and any other establishments that are either down with, or help his cause to get his swerve on.

What prevents this collection from receiving the five star rating I give the first collection is its incessant reliance on aforementioned topics, in lue of strips which work to expand on the vivid characters of the strip. In the last collection, many strips were dedicated to themes and issues immersed in current affairs, but they only existed within the context of this local community and its citizens.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By johnnie b. baker on December 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a collection of the newspaper comic Boondocks. I love this comic! If Doonesbury was the 70s, Bloom County the 80s, and Calvin and Hobbes the 90s (though not as political as the others), Boondocks is now. This collection seems to cover 2003-2004, including, of course, the Bush-Kerry election. McGruder really expresses the anger, disappointment, and fear of the election by those of the left in a way that I totally and completely relate to. There is obviously a debt to Bloom County and Calvin and Hobbes in his comics, though with a bit more righteous anger. His lampooning of pop culture and frankness regarding race also rarely miss the mark. Even when I don't read the paper, I go online to read Boondocks. It makes me feel like I'm not alone, and reminds me of the humor in everything.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on July 22, 2005
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This is another McGruder outing and if you have not read him, do and see what the hype is about.

This young man is bitingly witty and focused in his observations.

Others have called him a racist, while it is more honest to say he is an equal opportunity skewer-er (yup, made that one up).

The book's main cast members are Riley: the thug in training;

Huey: the radical;

Ceasar: the conscience, and a host of others who shine a light on life in American that illuminates all our hypocrasy and fake-ness.

Read it and see that there is someone out there that is making it his job to see that we continue to think and hold discussions about American culture, life and government.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jean E. Pouliot on August 29, 2005
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This second compilation of Boondocks comics, while not quite as fresh and funny as the first, still delivers the best wit and political satire on the comics page. Spanning months from March 2002 through the 2004 election, Aaron McGruder successfully pierces the balloon of media self importance in the run-up to the Iraq War. He also finds supreme irony with America "exporting democracy" after the dirty tricks and insider dealing of the last two elections. Ever the equal opportunity satirist, McGruder's lampoon of John Kerry's verbal equivocation still makes me laugh nearly a year after the 2004 election.

McGruder's critique of black networks like UPN goes over my head, as does his jabs at embarrassing black entertainers. I'm not black, but I could use a few hints about why those he targets deserve his ire. His series of strips about trying to get a boyfriend for Condoleza Rice, though, are still terrific, as are his jabs are the "super Nasty Jesus movie" (Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ"). Topical and funny are the strips when Granddad tries to explain homosexual marriage to grandsons Huey and Riley. They kids know more about it than he does, but every time they try to clarify Granddad's stammering statements, they end up getting sent to their rooms. This period also saw Bill Cosby getting a higher profile as he tried to get blacks to talk right and dress nice. McGruder respects Cosby and to some degree his message (note the lampoon of "Black English Month" on page 43), but can't help portraying him as raving and barely coherent.

9/11 must have taken a lot out of McGruder, because it took him nearly a year of strips to get his game on. But even a wounded Boondocks is better, fresher and more thought-provoking than much of what lands in the comic pages, or the op-ed pages for that matter.
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