Public Domain, Vol. 1: Past Mistakes

Image Comics. Jan. 2023. 120p. ISBN 9781534324572. pap. $16.99. F
With blockbuster movies and merchandising rights at stake, the business of comic books is just as cutthroat as any corporate boardroom drama. When Miles Dallas discovers that his father’s legacy as creator of superhero the Domain, long denied by a short-sighted contract, is potentially up for grabs, he’s ready to fight. Shenanigans ensue as bookies, drug-dealing lawyers, superfans, and family all try to get what they want from the scuffle. Eisner Award-winning Zdarsky (Sex Criminals) shows the darkly humorous side of the money-making machine inside the comic-book industry. The art is engaging and familiar in that a superhero appearing at any moment would not be amiss.
VERDICT For readers who love comics and want to see the behind-the-scenes struggles that happen when creators take on the corporations that have monopolized the industry.
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