Welcome to Heaven, Dr. Franklin

 WTHF   (About, 2005)

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Originally serialized in Cerebus the Aardbark #34Ė38

So whatís new from William Messner-Loebs? His latest comic book is a tale of Ben Franklinís ascent into Heaven. But Heaven isnít always what we expect. For starters, itís far more sparsely populated than even the most conservative estimates would have guessed. Also, the original God has gone AWOL, leaving a substitute God to run things in His stead. (Letís not give away here who God #2 is.) And God the Second has plans that donít sit well with Franklin.

Originally a backup in Cerebus in the early 1980s, this may be some of the Loebsiest Loebs weíve seen in a while, hearkening back to the glory days of Journey. He gets to play with characters from a variety of time periods, and it looks as if he has fun doing so. The lettering is rougher than many readers may be used to, but it has an organic feel that complements the art. (OK, it could be neater.)

If thereís one complaint about Welcome to Heaven, Dr. Franklin, itís that, at 24 pages, itís too short.

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