Heatley's deeply personal -- and deeply weird -- comics mix his dream and waking states to create a unique reading experience. This book collects the bulk of his previously published work, along with plenty more that was new to us. Heatley has hit upon an affecting primitive cartooning voice and his comics can knock you for a loop. The black and white and full color work that fills this oversize hardcover volume is highly controversial and not for the easily disturbed or upset. Heatley's artistic method is to dive deep into his own subconscious, where he explores the turbulent emotional seas of sex, race and family roiling in his psyche. What he turns up includes quite a bit of human weakness: unhealthy attitudes, unlikeable traits, and downright nastiness that may be nausea inducing, along with moving confrontations with the precipitant fears and disappointments that must be overcome for healing and growth to take place. Any identification with the material has the potential to force the reader into uncomfortable positions of self-examination, and even those who experience an outright rejection of the material might still find themselves asking, "How did we get here?"