Mister X: The Archives by Dean Motter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the complete collection of the early 1990s series "Mister X" with a few extras. I've read the latter part of the series collected in "The Modern Age" which I did like much more than this early work but this is still great stuff. It's a futuristic look at a utopian city which turned out to be a nightmare. The story involves the architects, a myriad of new-fangled pharmaceuticals and identity switching more complicated than any Shakespeare play. The art is outstanding! Most of it done by the brilliant Seth. The numerous architecture is depicted in a cross of stunning art nouveau and brutalism. Seth's art itself is a combination of art nouveau, Soviet-era poster art and Dali. A complex story with splendid art.