I NEVER LIKED YOU picks up on threads of family and relationships that Chester Brown first starting dealing with in The Playboy, centering around his mother's declining physical and mental health. While self-centered and sad autobiographical comics have gotten a bad rap as of late (read one book about a mordant, angst-ridden romantic failure and you've read 'em all), Brown was really sort of doing it first and best.
Without sentiment and judgment, I NEVER LIKED YOU seems to be a sort of therapy session on paper, an analytic study of an awkward youth punctuated by the loss of a parent and the gain of girlfriends. It's Brown dealing with his relationships with women, how he was then and how he is now, and how his past informs and affects his present.
Matt Fraction splits his time between motion graphics and design house MK12, writing comics, and reading comics. He is the author of the graphic novels The Annotated Mantooth and Last of the Independents, both available from AiT/Planet Lar. He can be found on the web at mattfraction.com. His wife is hot.