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Herman Classics Volume 2
by Jim Unger
ECW Press
ISBN 1-55022-657-6
Published September 2005 - Softcover - 190 pages - $19.95

Herman Classics Volume 3
by Jim Unger
ECW Press
ISBN 1-55022-706-2
Published September 2005 - Softcover - 190 pages - $16.95

Herman, being one of my favorite comics, naturally delighted me when I read both volumes 2 and 3.  Ever the reliable producer of humor, Jim Unger has put togther collector albums featuring the best of the best of his work.  Great for those who don't get to see his work that often.  Warning, though - too much Herman in one go could give you sore stomach muscles.  His undeniable style and incredible sense of humor (aren't the Brits the funniest!) had me almost choking I was laughing so much.  His characters have this dry and doomed look on their faces that you hardly expect them to come up with whatever comes out of their mouths.  Side-splittingly funny, Unger delivers yet again.  There were so many hysterical comics and the best way to enjoy his work, in my opinion, is not to read a whole book at one sitting, as much as you are tempted.  Instead, indulge yourself with pockets of 10 to 15 minutes at a time - you'll give yourself time to catch your breath.  I simply collapsed at the "Right to Bare Arms" strip - I nearly lost it.  Collectors will be scrambling for their copies.  What I also love about Unger's work is that it never dates - it could be set anywhere, any time.
See my review of Volume 1 in this series.
Conclusion - Ya gotta get these two volumes - your stomach muscles will get a complete workout.


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