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excellent writing
exceptional art
historical bonus 2
total score 8
Oracle Comix #2 _  
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Only Printing / 1981 / 24 pages / Thru Black Holes Comix
The second issue of Oracle Comix begins with one of my favorite Mike Roden comic stories, "We're All Just Skeletons Inside." It seems especially poignant after his passing, as it provides several insights on life, death and the creative process that seem to reflect Roden's persona.

It is followed by "So, the End is the Beginning," an imaginative cosmic journey that features Roden's early psychedelic stylings. "Luna-Tick" is a three-panel psychological analysis that may reveal Roden's artistic motivations, as it includes the lines: "I think one reason for such bizarrity is mental tension release" and "I understand it's a lot easier living here on paper, than it is in the real world."

Like Oracle Comix #1, the second issue provides an intriguing voyage through the inner sanctum of Roden's eccentric world. It also features some strong contributions from other creators, including Ed Dorn and Raoul Newk.
Thru Black Holes Comix printed approximately 300 copies of this comic book. It has not been reprinted. As was typical of Mike Roden, he signed each copy of the book by hand as "Michael R. Roden."
Michael Roden - 1, 3-15, 18-21, 23-24
Don Marsh - 2
Edward H. Dorn - 16-17
Raoul Newk - 22