Brown: Enthralling Palookaville 23 conjures nonexistent past

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Palookaville No. 23 is the most balanced issue of Seth’s Palookaville yet.

It offers a mix of more of Seth’s adolescent musings and brings an epic story to a satisfying close.

About that close — finally, after 20 years in the telling, Clyde Fans has concluded.

I will be honest with you, I long ago lost any sense of where the meandering story was going.

But what an ending!

In this issue, Simon Matchcard has an out-of-body experience in the form of a vision of a rural countryside giving way to industrialization.

Seth’s omniscient camera and his narration have never been more expressive.

I was enthralled.

In one sequence, Seth’s “eye” plunges into an abandoned house, down into the flooded basement.

In another, he investigates a boarded-up building on the outskirts of Dominion.

Dominion is Seth’s imaginative universe. It’s his equivalent to the Marvel Universe.

It’s a place in Canada’s past, frozen in the 1950s, and even though it never really existed, we all remember it.

Meanwhile, in Nothing Lasts, his comic autobiography, Seth is now into his high-school experiences and beyond.

We are moving toward the years when It’s a Good Life if You Don’t Weaken just about begins.

His childhood adventures behind him, this issue focuses mainly on his teen relationships.

They are related, as always, with a mix of nostalgia and jaundice.

It’ll be interesting to see if he takes the narrative into the classroom for his post-secondary education.

And now that Clyde Fans is over, what new serialized story awaits patient Seth fans?

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