It was impossible in the during the 80s to avoid the pop-cultural hit that was Bloom County. Bill the Cat and Opus seemed to be everywhere, especially in the Walden Books mall stores that looked to be more Bloom County merchandise than books at one point. And then creator Berkeley Breathed just quit. The final storyline was at the time, just silly. Donald Trump bought the strip and then fired the cast. Breathed brought the characters and story back twice, first with a Sunday only strip called Outland, and then followed a few years later with the eponymously named comic Opus.
     But the Trump storylines from the original Bloom County never seemed as prescient until Trump ran for president in 2015. And that triggered something in Berkeley Breathed that brought back the original Bloom County, this time on Facebook. And a new generation started to learn about Opus, Milo, Steve Dallas, and the others. IDW Publishing through its Library of American Comics imprint began reprinting the original series in collections spanning about two years. But they’ve also done a complete (and classy as the name says) slipcased collection of the entire daily and Sunday strips. And for either the original fan or those whose only exposure to it was on social media, this complete collection is a must-have. Two soft-cover volumes, one slipcase, one excellent collection of one of the most influential comic strip from the 1980s.

 

Resonant #5

As Paxton fights tooth-and-nail for survival on Honcho’s island, Bec prepares to defend the family home from invaders. Meanwhile, Ty finds himself drawn in deeper with the Congregation. But an old menace returns, threatening to disrupt his new life.

Monster Planet #2 (of 5) (Cover B – Tolibao)

Having formed and uneasy alliance with the vampire lord, Xavier Drake, and the monsters that follow him, Blair Spencer and her human team prepare to escort them to their base where they can use Drake’s blood to create a cure for the virus.

Monster Planet #2 (of 5) (Cover C – Santacruz)

Having formed and uneasy alliance with the vampire lord, Xavier Drake, and the monsters that follow him, Blair Spencer and her human team prepare to escort them to their base where they can use Drake’s blood to create a cure for the virus.