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Public Domain #4

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 2 critic ratings.

The legal battle is done, but the fighting has just begun! Syd looks to the future as Miles runs from his past! Can he find happiness? Can any of us? Honestly, I’m not sure. I think the most we can ever hope for is to feel content. But what do I know? I’m killing myself writing and drawing comics.

The “hit” series from Chip Zdarsky continues.

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Kindle Edition
Print Length
24 pages
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  • 100

    Comic Watch

    Public Domain only seems to get more relevant with each issue, inadvertently linking to real-world events that would make many call Zdarsky a psychic. In reality, its observing and drawing on patterns in an industry built on the unfair treatment and labor of creativity that Zdarsky is channeling. With this issue, Zdarsky gets to expand into some more action for a strong sequence that balances with absurd comedy before switching gears to a brutal and honest expression of an artist’s hope for a legacy, and what it means to him and his family. Zdarskys range in this title is awe-inspiring and continues to remind readers about what goes on behind the scenes of their favorite works of art.

  • 70

    While the debt collectors in Public Domain have provided the series’ with action sequences and tension, it’s difficult to perceive them as a useful addition to a plot so strongly centered on family dynamics, grappling with artistic and personal ambitions, and a darkly-tinged 21st century humor. They are simultaneously made to be dangerous and silly in a confrontation lacking in a clear tone and one worth pointing out because of how much it contrasts from every other sequence in the issue. Familial conversations are layered with subtext and personality; new ideas and ventures reflect both hidden desires and worthwhile goals. There’s a great deal of novelistic narrative being carried in these pages and it’s well served by Zdarsky’s character’s clear expressions and posture that informs them every bit as much as their words, even if it’s typically set against drab backgrounds in this setting. It’s an odd thread that distracts from an otherwise impressively ambitious pursuit.

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About the Author: Chip Zdarsky

In the ever-evolving landscape of comic books, Chip Zdarsky emerges as a figure of immense creativity and versatility. Known for infusing his narratives with both humor and emotional depth, Zdarsky has charted a course through the comic book universe that is as diverse as it is compelling. From the groundbreaking humor of “Sex Criminals” to the gritty streets of Marvel’s “Daredevil,” his journey is a testament to a talent that refuses to be pigeonholed.

The man behind the pseudonym, Steve Murray, became a household name with “Sex Criminals,” co-created with Matt Fraction. This series broke new ground with its audacious blend of comedy, romance, and the supernatural. It was here that Zdarsky’s knack for balancing wit with genuine storytelling first shone, earning the series critical acclaim and a dedicated following.

Zdarsky’s portfolio, however, spans a broad spectrum. His unique voice has breathed new life into “Howard the Duck,” where he explored themes of identity and belonging, and his run on Marvel’s “Daredevil” has been celebrated for its moral complexity and rich character development. But Zdarsky’s talents are not limited to writing. As an artist, he has lent his distinct visual style to numerous projects, enhancing his narratives with expressive artistry and dynamic visuals.

In recent years, Zdarsky has ventured into the shadowy alleys of Gotham City, bringing his distinctive flair to the world of Batman. His work on Batman titles has quickly garnered attention for its fresh take on the Dark Knight, blending the character’s traditional brooding intensity with new layers of psychological depth. Through stories that delve into Batman’s complex psyche and the morally ambiguous landscape of Gotham, Zdarsky adds to the rich tapestry of Batman lore, proving yet again his ability to navigate and innovate within established universes.

Beyond his impressive body of work, Zdarsky’s engagement with the comic book community — through social media, conventions, and insightful industry commentary — has made him a beloved figure among fans and fellow creators. His contributions have not only earned him awards and nominations but have also solidified his role as a pivotal voice in contemporary comics.

As Chip Zdarsky continues to explore the darker corners of Gotham City, his journey exemplifies the power of storytelling in comic books — where humor meets heroism, and the human condition is explored in the flicker of a bat signal against the night sky. For those drawn to the art of comics, Zdarsky’s work offers a masterclass in creativity, inviting readers into worlds both wildly imaginative and intensely real.

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