Finally, my copy arrived! I have been wanting to pick up a copy of Xenozoic by Mark Schultz for over a month, but I couldn’t buy a copy before Christmas since it was on my list. But, all bets were off starting Dec. 26th. My local bookstore, Between Books, finally had more copies come in and I picked it up on my way to visit my grandfather in the hospital. Didn’t get a chance to crack cover ’til I got home on account of visiting and helping out my grandmother. But, now that I’m home… I am incredibly pleased.
Xenozoic was more than just a comic book for me. It was an entity unto itself. A fertile dreamscape where anything was possible. Reminiscent of Hal Foster in visual style, but hard and unyielding as Solomon Kane or Conan, it’s a land full of destroyed American cities, dinosaurs, intrigue, lost and dangerous technology, strange mutants and punching people (or exotic creatures) in the face. From the very first collection, better known as ‘Cadillacs and Dinosaurs’ to its final collection, ‘Time In Overdrive’ – and the left over issues that were left uncollected until now – I gained countless hours of enjoyment from this surreal landscape of ancient secrets, savage adventures and political maneuvering.
I’m planning on revisiting it whilst laundry is completed and bags are packed tomorrow. Perhaps it even comes out to Denver with me. It’s a big book though. It may have to wait until I return home. Don’t wanna damage this puppy.