HATE ANNUAL #9: $4.95, 6 ⅝” x 10 ¼”, color, 28pgs.

Peter Bagge has kept the legacy of his essential comic series Hate alive in the form of an annual comic. Most issues consist of Bagge’s work for other publications, essays about politics and pop culture, and only include short check-ins with Hate characters Buddy and Lisa as they careen into adulthood and raising their child. I like the variety included in Hate Annual, but #9 is almost entirely about Buddy and Lisa returning to Seattle to meet Lisa’s family who have been shrouded in mystery since the beginning. The story reminds us why we love them so much and lets us know that Jay is doing well. I always root for Jay. Fans of Hate would probably like Hate Annual anyway, but this issue is a full-on Buddy Bradley story, so it is a good time to jump in if you have been out of the loop. –Billups Allen (Fantagraphics, 7563 Lake City Way, Seattle, WA 98115)