Harvey Pekar presents his hometown with insightful and engrossing detail, but would you expect something less from the author of the classic American Splendor comic series? This story fits right into his canon, reintroducing readers to the constant setting of his comics while showing Pekar's followers more tales from his life.
Pekar spares little in the range of this story, presenting the birth of Cleveland at the end of the 18th century, the promising growth of the city shortly after and its tragic urban decay during the 20th century. Still, the comic's finest moments are when we see this town through Pekar's lens, when the reader learns not only about the city but sees how life there was. Pekar uses the full range of his 70 years in the city to tell personal stories, sifting through the mundane to show readers the beauty in everyday life. Whether it's listening to the Cleveland Indians winning the World Series through a school intercom or observing the creation of the city's largest used bookstore, Pekar shows that there's always something interesting to see in our lives.
Joseph Remnant's art allows this story to flourish even further. The beautiful line shading and countless details shows an intense commitment to tell Pekar's story with the highest reverence. It's easily some of the best art to grace a Pekar comic.
Captivating till the very end, Pekar wraps up his story with an outlook on his town and what would come to be the last days of his life. It's a fitting close to a fantastic series of comics from one of the medium's finest writers.