Review: Li’l Depressed Boy Volume 3


After recent heartbreak and road trip adventures, The Li’l Depressed Boy needs to put his life together. Step One: Find a job. But even gainful employment can’t take the edge off the pressure of asking a new crush on a date.

The Volume 3 trade of Li’l Depressed Boy collects numbers 9-12 and contains the arc where LDB finds a job and a possible new love interest at the movie theater. In issue 10 there is a guest appearance by Childish Gambino. You may know Childish Gambino’s front man, Community’s Donald Glover. LDB has featured musical numbers throughout its run so far, and issue 10 returns to a trend that had been laid to the wayside for a few issues.

This current arc just wrapped up, and I reviewed it as it came out. I didn’t enjoy this arc as much as the previous story, but in fairness it did finish strong and looks to take LDB into an exciting new direction. LDB is one of those books that grabs your attention from the get go, but it takes a little while to truly grow on you. I’ve enjoyed Sina Grace’s art throughout the run, and S Steven Struble has composed some intriguing stories with emotions and plot points that resonate with all readers in some form or fashion.

This collection offers a few extra bits of bonus content. Amber Benson, yes from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, provides a forward of such for this edition. It’s a funny and offbeat little essay that really feels like the rest of the book. The back of the book contains a few character sketches and notes of Spike and Donald Glover as well as some covers and page layout sketches. One of my favorite parts of the comic, the pinups, are also collected in the back. Those are some great pieces of LDB art.

Bottom Line:  This TPB of LDB is for fans that really want every piece of bonus content available as well as those that may have missed an issue or two in the arc. A mixture of relatable storytelling with great art makes LDB a special book. I give it a 3.5/5

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