Underappreciated masterpiece of post modern literature,
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This review is from: Jimbo: Adventures in Paradise (Paperback)
Jimbo Adventures in Paradise is truly a tour-de-force of post modern literature and art combined into a single unique effort that uses the comic book medium in a way that could not be done in standard written form alone, and experimentation on this level is uncommon to say the least. Most comics use art to add a visual dimension to what is otherwise a relatively standard linear story, but Jimbo is a whole different thing altogether.
Although Jimbo functions as an engaging story about a punk rock guy named Jimbo who is struggling to find meaning and identity among a barrage of 20th century complexities and conflicts ranging from the mechanization of society to the use of LSD, to living through a nuclear holocaust, but it's the unique stylistic elements of the story and artwork as it shifts frequently and unexpectedly that really makes Jimbo the surreal experience that it is. On one page it might seem like the story is taking a humorous turn using simple line drawings for a bit of situational comedy, and then you turn the page to suddenly find a full blown art piece used to explore the predicament of the native American Indian. Panter makes this all work so effectively and with such impact that it sits as a true rarity in my reading experience. I've read the gamut of alternative and literary comics, not to mention plenty of experimental fiction, but Jimbo has remained burned into my brain. Yes, it is a comic book, and it does entertain on that level, but Jimbo transcends its medium in a way that no other piece of art has before or since. Without reservation I would call this a masterpiece of literature and art.