- Series: Outland
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: IDW Publishing (July 10, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1613771762
- ISBN-13: 978-1613771761
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.4 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Berkeley Breathed's Outland: The Complete Collection Hardcover – July 10, 2012
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This volume collects all of the Outland strips into one place, including some that haven't been collected before as far as I can tell. I remember reading Bloom County regularly when it was released, but many newspapers didn't carry Outland, so these were easy to miss. (Opus, which followed Outland, was even more difficult to follow; fortunately, the collected Opus strips are the next volume in the IDW series, with an ad for the book presented at the end of this volume.)
Truthfully, Outland was a little lifeless early on, with the first few strips focused on Ronald-Ann, Mortimer Mouse and Tim W. Forty. Not exactly household name characters (although Mortimer does indeed look like a very well-known Disney mouse), and the humor is not what I loved from Bloom County. The strips get going pretty quickly after Opus returns in the fifth strip, however. I think I'd have been less taken with the Sunday-only strips given this slow pace, but reading them back to back in this book is much easier to take. But it seems Breathed realized pretty quickly that familiarity was the key to Outland's continued survival. In fact, through the course of the strip, many more Bloom County characters would make appearances. The strip essentially became Bloom County without the Bloom County, if that makes sense.
For the buyer interested in pre-Bloom County material: No Academia Waltz material is included in this volume as Amazon indicates in its information about the book.Read more ›
***Please note that Amazon seems to have had a challenge getting their fulfillment centers to ship this with proper packaging, so that the book arrives without damage. My copies have been shipped loose (not shrink-wrapped), so the volumes each have arrived with corner damage and surface damage to the covers. I am now on my fourth attempt. Should you have the same issue, please be persistent until they get it right.***
Outland was the successor to Bloom County, a popular comic strip that ran during the 80's featuring a small rural boarding house and its residents. Opus, the most recognizable and popular character from Bloom County, continues his adventures in Outland. Outland was a Sunday only strip that ran from 89-95. At the risk of way over simplifying, Bloom County/Outland can possibly be described as a Doonesbury (Political, social) meets The Far Side (Absurd). The early chapters of Outland feature Opus with Ronald-Ann, Bill D. Cat, Mortimer Mouse and Milquetoast the coachroach, but eventually familiar faces like Steve Dallas, Cutter John, and Binkley will return. I am slightly baffled as to why Milo did not.
The Outland strips in general were interesting. It was fun for to see some of the change in personal philosophy as culture changed from the early 80's to the mid 90's in Breathed. The downside of a Sunday only strip like this is that there seemed to be far less continuity or consistent story lines, which at times made it harder to get "in" to the strip and it's characters. I did like a lot of the art quality and some of the more surreal approaches Breathed took during this time. However, at the end of the day (with the exception of a few strips) - I just kept wishing I was reading Bloom County.
Secondly, as a collection, I was disappointed with the lack of comments from Breathed.Read more ›
I have always enjoyed Berkeley Breathed's work for the most part (was not too crazy about 'Opus'). Mr. Breathed is a liberal and PETA member, and I had respect for him. I am a diehard conservative myself and still enjoyed reading his material. He picked on everybody and did it in generally good fun. There is no hatred or viciousness in his humor. I can laugh at myself, and he was great at making that happen.
Doonesbury and many other liberal comic strips are down right vile in their hatred of religion, conservatives, republicans, etc. while drooling all over liberals, statists and democrats. I really miss Mr. Breathed's Bloom County and Outland. They have been replaced with other comics that my cat won't even pee on if I were to put it in her litter box.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book for content, colors, humor, characters. Quality book binding and pages.Published 4 months ago by Valerie Defrance
Love Berkeley Breathed's Bloom county and Outland. A wonderful slice of nostalgia.Published 4 months ago by Robert Vandervelde
Just like his "Bloom County series, these are also great! I've included them with the rest of his books I've collected.Published 5 months ago by bear
This review is not for the content; only the Kindle version. As already stated, the comics are very small, lots of wasted white space and therefore some of the text is very hard... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ben LeClair
Any book from Berkeley Breathed is good - this one (Outland) is excellent.Published 13 months ago by CMM
From 1986-1989 Berkeley was hitting on all cylinders and Bloom County could be counted on for clever, insightful humor from week while poking fun at everyone who deserved it... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Brian