Mike Allredís Madman is one of the strongest and strangest comics of the 1990s. Madman is a disturbed young man who goes around in a baggy costume and a mask with the mouth sewed shut. He has an unusual sensitivity that allows him to sense the guilty secrets within people, but his inability to focus and concentrate gets him into all kinds of trouble. Allredís handling of the material maximizes the disturbing qualities of the story, as he abruptly intrudes on an amusing sequence with an intensely violent image, or inserts a subversive element that makes you doubt the entire sense of reality he has created in Madmanís world. This psychotic, detached ambiguity is Madmanís singular achievement and one which gives it a literary gravity that is impossible to ignore.