Legal Action Comics Volume 2 edited by Danny Hellman
Itâ€™s always a copout of some degree to just list the contributors involved in an anthology as proof of itâ€™s greatness. Why not go into greater detail about the (in this case) 73 cartoonists and their individual contributions? Well, to me, the joy of a good anthology is discovering things as they come, finding new artists that you like, taking a chance on all sorts of people youâ€™ve never heard of, that sort of thing. So nailing all this down specifically (outside of it being, in that case, by far the longest review Iâ€™ve ever written) kills a lot of that sense of discovery. But none of that is really the point of this book anyway. Itâ€™s about trying to help Danny Hellman pay some huge legal bills in a lawsuit that is still apparently ongoing (the only update I managed to find about it (as of 8/15/07) is that only one count is left in the lawsuit and that it still hasnâ€™t gone to trial) and, on a selfish level, getting to see a bunch of the best cartoonists working today all gathered into one book. So how about that list? OK, hereâ€™s a few names: Sam Henderson, Carol Lay, Doug Allen, Art Spiegelman, Kim Dietch, Kaz, Johnny Ryan, Tony Millionaire, Ted May, Hans Rickheit, Dave McKenna, Michael Kupperman, Miss Lasko-Gross, Pshaw, Lauren Weinstein, Patrick Dean, Mike Diana, Rick Altergott, and Dean LeCrone, to name a fraction of the people that I had already heard of. There seems to be a bit less personal animosity towards Ted Rall this time around (although thereâ€™s still plenty here), with the stories being all over the place. Itâ€™s a great anthology whether or not you agree with Dannyâ€™s legal case (and whatâ€™s not to agree with?), and something that everybody who enjoys this genre at all needs on their bookshelf.