It's been a minute, but Matt Madden is back with his long-in-the-works love letter to comics, Ex Libris! There's a bit of Hicksville as well as City of Glass here – along with a dollop of classic Harvey Kurtzman, a dash of Spiegelman, a pinch of Sikoryak and hints of Burns and Seth – but most of all there's an unabashed love of the world of comics (including a special focus on the subset of comics in book form / graphic novels). Ex Libris provides that rare treat: comics about reading comics. Sure, you could say it's a meta-comic, but the way it's meta is fairly unique. Madden captures the experience of reading comics, its subtle and piquant pleasures – in comics, naturellement! But there's more. As hinted at the outset and gradually revealed, there's the interlocking of reality and comics, their reflection of one in the other and transformation of one to the other. A fun read that is a gift to comics readers, one that could also, perhaps, serve as an introduction to the pleasures – and dangers! – of comics for the novice, or the one who just doesn't "get" comics.