Steven Grant throws in The Black Diamond in his list of Ten Comics You Must Read Right Now: "...this series about people living on a future superhighway linking every state in the Continental U.S. is his best work since his original, name-making piece ASTRONAUTS IN TROUBLE. Sure, the concept is basically DEATH RACE 2000, but where Larry really makes it work is by letting the characters drive the story (as he did in AiT) instead of letting the story steer the characters (which he has done in pretty much everything else since). Artist Jon Proctor was a little shaky in the first issue but has been dead on confident ever since, and the series is a great reminder of how on Larry's work can be when he's on."
I love Tom Spurgeon. Good ol' Tom reviews Rock Bottom (which is right-on by itself, what with the thing being nearly a year old now, which means the ol' backlist is still thriving): "With so many titles out right now, it doesn't take much for a book to slip out of one's interest based on a facile, surface evaluation that has little to do with the work as fully experienced at a later date." On the one hand, how else is a reader supposed to glean his info; on the other, I sure do appreciate a considered view considering that there are so many titles and volumes and copies of work available for one to read and enjoy.
But me? When Tom writes about our mainstream comics at all, I get personally stoked as I'm a big fan of his writing (even though I know our aesthetic usually isn't his). But when Tom writes: "There are virtues, however." that's like getting blessed by the Pope, it is.