This comic is like falling in and out of love, but retaining just enough perspective to see the other side of the story. It improves on the artist’s previous comic, the subtly affecting Sleeping Beauty, both in terms of structure and delivery. For example, John Cei Douglas’ figures have always had an endearing, “Charlie Brown goes to the indie disco” look to them, but here they blossom into romantic micro-portraits before breaking down into something more scratchy and expressive when the story demands it:
Full disclosure: I know John Cei Douglas from my Barbelith days, and he sent me a copy of Buffalo Roots with a rather tasty Stinger Bar, so my interest in his work is hardly impartial. That said, he's also a shin-kicking reprobate who needs to be stopped, so I wouldn't give him this sort of write-up if he didn't deserve it. If you don't believe me, or if you're just plain curious, both Buffalo Roots and The Masculine Front are available in full online.