Too Much Coffee Man:Omnibus Plus

& others. Dark Horse. Jun. 2017. 600p. ISBN 9781506704029. $29.99. GRAPHIC NOVELS/HUMOR
This massive collection of cartoonist Wheeler's magnum opus presents more than a decades' worth of cult classic comics featuring the titular Too Much Coffee Man, a pudgy, red spandex-clad everyman whose life as a sort of superhero parody in the earliest material collected here quickly gives way to more autobiographical tales, as Wheeler uses the character to explore philosophical quandaries, satirize everything from politics to the creative process, and explore his own struggles. Serialized battles with nemesis Trademark Copyright Man and adventures through the afterlife, into the underwater world of Sea Monkeys, and to outer space provide plenty of fun, but Wheeler is at his best in briefer one-page stories featuring his protagonist sitting around pontificating at pals like Too Much Espresso Guy, Too Much German White Chocolate Woman with Almonds, and Underwater Guy.
VERDICT Wheeler's visibility is slightly higher in recent years, given his gig supplying cartoons for The New Yorker, and this hilarious, thought-provoking collection tracks a fascinating evolution as his early days as an angry outsider give way to more mature work.
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