Yes, I’m reading it. Yes, it was worth the wait. Yes, I’ll be reading it again immediately after I finish it. And yes, you should, too. It’s nice when the hype is right, and the people you assume are capable of genius go right ahead and prove that your faith wasn’t misplaced. It’s also nice when a “comic of ideas” is also a “comic of people”—David Mazzucchelli’s comic loves its characters as much as it loves its formal hijinks and philosophical digressions, and he makes it all into a nail-biting, awe-inspiring page turner with a fresh surprise in every panel.
More to come, but this will absorb me for the next two weeks.
UPDATE: Chip Kidd and Dan Frank, who worked with Mazzucchelli on Asterios Polyp's production, talk about the cartoonist and his work.