Chris Gavaler is an associate professor of English at Washington and Lee University. His books includeOn the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa 2015), Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury 2017), and the forthcomingWhat If? Philosophical Thought Experiments of Superhero Comics (Iowa 2019) co-authored with Nathaniel Goldberg and Creating Comics: A Writer's and Illustrator's Craft Guide (Bloomsbury 2020) co-authored with Leigh Ann Beavers. He blogs weekly at thepatronsaintofsuperheroes.wordpress.com.
The juxtaposition of the comics and their prose-only afterwards in Amplify are intriguing, but the result is a surprising undercurrent of mistrust in comics to represent history independently of traditional scholarly apparatus.
Blurgits—the drawing of multiple limbs to suggest motion— is effective in Yann Kebbi's artwork for The Structure Is Rotten, Comrade, creating a world teetering on carefully crafted incoherence—which is well suited to Viken Berberian's script.
Charles Forsman and Max de Radiguès' graphic fiction collaboration, Hobo Mom, is successful both in its minimalistic visual approach and its realistic treatment of the emotional dynamics of an estranged but well-intentioned family.