Contentious Curmudgeon says …

I just finished reading the nice hardcover of American Flagg! It was the first time I had ever read the original Chaykin issues. "Overrated" is the word that immediately springs to mind. I don't get the love, I'm afraid. Off the top of my head, I can think of three seminal, independent comics from the 1980s that are far better - Dreadstar, GrimJack, and Grendel - and I could probably list more (Scout? Coyote? Elementals, even?) if I thought about it. American Flagg! features pretty good (but not great) art and pretty lousy writing, which averages out to "mediocre." Oh well. Live and learn, I suppose.

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