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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The Complete Omaha the Cat Dancer Volume 7

by Reed Waller, Kate Worley, & James Vance, with an introduction by Dennis Kitchen

Publisher: NBM Publishing (March 1, 2008)

Softcover, 96 pages.

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The issues here are listed as numbers 21 through 24, but originally they were listed as Omaha volume 2, numbers 1-4. This was because the creators had decided to shift publishers and moved the series from Kitchen Sink to Fantagraphics. There also seemed to be a strain between writer and artist, as the quality of the art declines noticeably (not that much, but still perceptible). Not knowing the full details, I hesitate to comment, but Dennis Kitchen in his introduction states that there was a serious physical altercation between the two, which resulted in this being the end of Omaha, until the early 2000s when the pair, both now cancer survivors, reunited to finish their only memorable story- Omaha the Cat Dancer.

The comic has been legitimately called soap opera-ish, and I cannot disagree, but it also suffers from a drag that is endemic to soap operas as well. Multiple story lines intertwine, but each only moves a small increment during each issue, giving it all a feeling that the story is dragging its feet- just like the real soap operas do. I find that I didn’t mind it so much when I collected individual issues, the comic being so different from what I was used to, but when collected together, I’m pushing myself through, waiting for the good stuff to happen. 

The investigation into Senator Bonner’s death heats up and seems to implicate Chuck as a potential culprit, thought we all know this isn’t true. Omaha and Chuck finally get back together and reunite in a gang bang, two guy and one girl, three way. However, Shelly and former nurse, Kurt, break up after he can’t handle her sleeping around. Joanne is then employed by Chuck’s maternal grandfather as his companion as his health worsens.

For more readings, try books by Rex Hurst. 

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