If ever there was a comic book character that embodied Art Spiegelman's definition of comics as "the bastard offspring of art and commerce" then Wally Gropius is him. Hensley is clearly an intellectual who is employing the language of comics with a specific aim in mind. He has something to say and has managed to effectively leverage the capacities of the medium to his advantage in delivering his message. Wally Gropius is an obvious success as a logically consistent piece of work – but it is definitely not a work for everyone. The degree of archness (archity?) embodied in these full color pages is at times almost overwhelming. Yet, we have no problem recommending that copacetic readers take a stab at this smartly designed, well executed, and surprisingly affordable, oversize hardcover volume which collects the entirety of the Wally Gropius stories that have appeared in MOME over the last several years, along with – we believe – a few that haven't. Go ahead and sample a story with this PDF download. And then, those who would like to further explore the ramifications of this work are hereby encouraged to read the discussion that Dan Nadel's (obscenely titled) appreciation of this collection at ComicsComics got going (start with Dan's piece, and then keep reading the [14 as of this writing] responses that follow). This is a book that will definitely give you something to think about!