The Argyle Sweater
I must confess that I'd never heard of Scott Hilburn's The Argyle Sweater before this review copy arrived in my mailbox the other day. Even though it's one of the hottest new strips in the country my local paper doesn't carry it and I've never run across it online. From what I see here, I don't think I'm missing anything.
I've reproduced the cover at an extra-large size because I think that's probably the strongest gag in the book, even though it's no more than a chuckle at best. And that's the real problem with The Argyle Sweater. It not that it isn't entertaining. If you encountered it in the newspaper, or online, or lying around in a bookstore you could check it out and have a few giggles. But you wouldn't feel the need to seek out more because there's nothing edgy, extraordinary or unique about it. It's simply another single panel gag strip plumbing the same "weird humor" territory that's already been explored more effectively by The Far Side, Non Sequitur and Bizarro.
I've been racking my brains for an hour now trying to think of more to say about The Argyle Sweater but I'm drawing a complete blank. This is exactly the sort of book that seems designed to fly under the critical radar - neither good enough to deserve praise or bad enough to deserve codemnation.
A complimentary copy for this review was provided by the publisher.