Margot Mifflin
December 04, 1992 AT 05:00 AM EST

Skin Deep: Tales of Doomed Romance

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Charles Burns
publisher
Penguin
genre
Comic Books/Graphic Novels, Fiction

We gave it an A

Whether you call them commix or graphic novels, cartoons for grown-ups are in these days, and Charles Burns is a master of the genre. Skin Deep: Tales of Doomed Romance shows him alternately at his bleakest and most uncharacteristically wholesome. In the scorching ”Burn Again” a junkie evangelist meets his ruthless one-eyed maker. ”Dog Days” stars the benign Dog-Boy, whose transplanted dog heart explains his goofy canine capers. ”A Marriage Made in Hell” features a newlywed who discovers her husband’s wartime reconstructive surgery was, well, misdirected. Burns’ precisionist style and over-the-top tales make for good, mutant fun. A

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