Wilson "I love people! I'm a people person!" are the opening words from Wilson, the malcontent in Clowes' latest portrait of seething misanthropy. When the slow-moving… Wilson "I love people! I'm a people person!" are the opening words from Wilson, the malcontent in Clowes' latest portrait of seething misanthropy. When the slow-moving… 2010-04-27 Comic Books/Graphic Novels Drawn and Quarterly
Book Review

Wilson (2010)

Daniel Clowes, Wilson | Wilson by Daniel Clowes
Wilson by Daniel Clowes
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Apr 27, 2010; Writer: Daniel Clowes; Genre: Comic Books/Graphic Novels; Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly

''I love people! I'm a people person!'' are the opening words from Wilson, the malcontent in Clowes' latest portrait of seething misanthropy. When the slow-moving schlub isn't swearing at pedestrians or scaring old ladies at the post office, he's turning his anger in on himself. But then his father's illness sparks a hometown visit that reunites Wilson with his ex-wife and teenage daughter...and that's where the trouble really starts. In Wilson, Clowes' characters mostly stick to two modes: despair and bitter laughter. The result is exhausting. But it's almost as though Clowes gave himself a challenge — how relentlessly bleak can a comic be and still snatch hope from the jaws of cynicism? In the final, quiet panels, he answers. B

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Originally posted Apr 27, 2010 Published in issue #1101 May 07, 2010 Order article reprints