Even against its meticulously detailed backdrop, the discussion at the center of Cleveland unravels quite slowly, much like the cross-city stroll that Harvey Pekar takes between its pages. It’s one of the final projects that pioneering comics author and graphic novelist Pekar worked on before his death in 2010.
Illustrator Joseph Remnant’s inks suit Pekar’s vibrant character sketches and nuanced geographical composites well, with delicate cross-hatching and facial expressions that conjure strong emotional reaction. Remnant shines in his representation of Pekar’s beloved city, from carefully drawn building facades to marvelous and tangible depictions of worn corners in “Kay’s” three-story bookstore. For a great discussion of this book, writer Jillian Steinhauer has more at The Forward. Recommended.