My Friend Dahmer #1

My Friend Dahmer #1

Writer: Derf Backderf Artist: Derf Backderf Publisher: Abrams ComicArts Release Date: February 15, 2012 Cover Price: $24.95 Critic Reviews: 3 User Reviews: 1
8.8Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

In 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer, the most notorious serial killer since Jack the Ripper, seared himself into the American consciousness. To the public, Dahmer was a monster who committed unthinkable atrocities. To Derf Backderf, "Jeff" was a much more complex figure: a high school friend with whom he had shared classrooms, hallways, and car rides. In My Friend Dahmer, writer-artist Backderf creates a surprisingly sympathetic portrait of a disturbed young man struggling against the morbid urges emanating from the deep recesses of his psyche - a shy kid, a teenage alcoholic, and a goofball who never quite fit in with his classmates.

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Sacks Mar 7, 2012

    Derf Backderf did what so many of us are afraid of: he stared into the face of pure evil and did not blink. In doing so, he created a remarkable and haunting new graphic novel about life, friendship, the 1970s, and the horrible, pathetic existence of one of the worst murderers of the 20th century. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Sep 13, 2012

    The graphic novel is for those who like crime comics, real life stories or has a fascination with morbid things and/or serial killers. An absolute “buy” in my mind. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Nerdist - Michael Arbeiter Apr 27, 2017

    All this grim and grievous material aside, My Friend Dahmer is considerably breezy and enjoyable all the way through, rarely getting too heavy-handed in the delivery of its dark material. As an examination of a notorious American killer, it may be in over its head. But as one of something just as notorious"American high school life"it's fun, sinister, and remarkably thoughtful. Read Full Review

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