Meta 4 #1

by on Jun.15, 2010, under Comics

In Ted McKeever’s Meta 4 #1, a man in a spacesuit wanders the boardwalk of Coney Island. He can’t remember who he is nor why he’s in a spacesuit. He’s harassed by a junkie in a bathroom, gets assaulted by her boyfriend, and is saved by a giant bald woman in a Santa costume who bears a close resemblance to previous McKeever Amazon androgynes. Interspersed are transcripts of two conversations between “Dispatcher” and “Police” concerning the same hostage situation, or maybe different ones. The first is superimposed on an image of abandoned gas station outside the Nevada Test Site, the second over a series of three views of Coney Island, culminating in a woman’s face in an aviator helmet.

Do I have the slightest idea what’s going on? I do not. Do I trust that a comic entitled Meta 4: A 5-Issue Allegorical Series in Black & White is ultimately going to make sense of everything? Not really. So would I put up with this vagueness if the author weren’t McKeever?

Maybe. Probably not. I don’t know. The fact is, by reissuing his three classic graphic novels from the late 1980s and early 1990s—Transit, Eddy Current, and Metropol—McKeever has earned himself a new generation of fans who were, like me, too young to buy the books the first time around. And while those comics weren’t quite as obscure as this one seems to be so far, they were pretty off the wall. So okay, Ted, I’ll give you five issues’ worth of rope. Try not to hang yourself.

Preview here.

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