I'd Go with the Helmet Ray - Doonesbury Author:G. B. Trudeau In this hot, new Doonesbury collection, the intense situation in the Gulf reactivates a platoon of veteran characters. For B.D., the change of climate forces a change of helmets ("They cut it away like an avocado -- strictly outpatient"), but in most respects, he's clearly in his element. Mr. Butts, serving country and corporation ... more »as Battalion Tobacco Liaison, also seems right at home, but intrepid correspondent Roland "From-somewhere-in-the-Mideast" Hedley quickly becomes a whole lot more lost than usual.
Meanwhile, on the home front, USO volunteer Boopsie readies her turkey costume for the 1990 Jay Leno Southwest Asia Thanksgiving Tour, while conflicted adman Mike Doonesbury agonizes over an oil company TV campaign to "make the American people feel good about being gouged." In contrast, Congresswoman Lacey Davenport keeps her integrity intact by resigning over the S&L crisis -- a stately act of principle that leads her badly shaken colleagues to conclude she is suffering from a fatal disease.
In San Francisco, another character actually is: In a memorable sequence that won his creator a 1990 Pulitzer Prize nomination, Andy Lippincott finally succumbs to AIDS. His strength, courage and good humor carry him clear through his own memorial service, where a pretaped video allows him the final word.
This is Doonesbury at its best -- provocative, witty and poignant.« less