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Contemporary satire at its best.,
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This review is from: Red Rascal's War: A Doonesbury Book (Hardcover)
Cartoonist Garry Trudeau has been writing his "Doonesbury" comic for 40 years or so. Whether the reader considers it a political cartoon or just a traditional one - in some papers it's on the editorial pages, while in others, it's with the mainstream comics - it's a uniquely "American" one. The cast is comprised of about 20 or so life-long characters - my favorites are "Duke" and "Honey" - as well as dozens of people who come and go, depending on the plots of the strips. Recently Donald Trump has been heavily featured - and heavily lampooned - in the "Doonesbury" strips.
This latest book, "Red Rascal's War" is not a book of new material. Rather, it is a compilation of "Doonesbury" strips from the last year or so. Most people buying and reading this book will probably have read these strips before, but seeing them in one setting - in one book - makes them much more humorous and edgy than when viewed on a daily basis. And though Jeff Redfern, aka "The Red Rascal" - is the lead character in the book, all the other favorites of the past year are there, as well. Who can forget Daisy Doonesbury shuffling off her mortal coil and the raucous funeral that followed? Or Alex and her relationship with Leo? Always doubting herself but always being loved in return. Those are just a few of the stories in the book, and it's wonderful to sit and page through the past year with a now more appreciative eye.
Garry Trudeau and his work is not for everyone. But for those who love political satire mixed with everyday relationships, and helped along with a healthy dose of love, his comics are a true joy.