Well, how about that? Just about exactly one year after number 16, here's number 17 -- right on schedule! This is, as all Chris Ware devotees doubtless already know, another carefully crafted hardcover from the master himself that contains the next chapter in the sordid saga of Rusty Brown; or as Mr. Ware himself puts it: "Continuing with the second half of the introduction to his shamelessly meandering graphic novel “Rusty Brown” (which began last issue at a private school in the 1970s midwest) the six-sided crystal suggested by the exegisis of the first installment is slowly turned and examined in mid-morning winter sunlight sometime between the bell of first period and the conclusion of lunch for the first through the fourth grades. Also included are more thorough examinations of many of the main characters’ cloudy motivations, personal habits, and favorite restaurants, to say nothing of the small dust mote around which they have coalesced and the complications in its life due to the acquisition of superpowers sometime the night before." Where else can one so fully revisit the fullness of childhood pain in such finely rendered depictions of the horrors of growing up, wallow in such luxurious self-loathing, and experience such exquisite quivers of self-laceration but in the pages of the Acme Novelty Library. Back-up bonuses: the tales of "Branford, the Best Bee in the World" and "Will We Be Alive in the Year 2005?"