I enjoy abstract art, graphic novels, and artists books. I expected this book with "comics" in its title and the word "sequential" in descriptions, to be mostly about some sort of abstract sequential art. Instead, I can find no visual or other kind of sequence in the vast majority of the works illustrated. Indeed, the R. Crumb comic illustrated here does not, for me, have much sequence to it either, but it is so outrageously, intellectually entertaining and hilarious in regard to Crumb's art and attitudes, that I'm delighted to find it here. I think part of the enjoyment in the Crumb is that one expects sequence (development), and instead, one is entertainingly startled by the very upsetting of those traditional expectations.
Most of the illustrated works are no more "sequential" than if one were to take a Jackson Pollack reproduction and stick a grid of boxes over it--great painting, yes--a sequential comic because of the panel grid, no. Neither is putting a panel grid over a group of abstract images (no matter how attractive individually) that have no sense of visual or intellectual order (sequence)in their grouping. Many of the works are attractive, despite having no sequence I can find, and that attractiveness plus the enjoyable, great variety of them, makes this book, on that level, worth having--worth adding to the great variety of comic and graphic novel styles I own. I can imagine, with this book as inspiration, much new and advanced sequential art in the future.
As for the introductory matter, I find it very frustrating. Presumably the "paragraphs" of abstract symbols, followed by the English language words that one might assume, are the translation, are some sort of joke that takes up space. Or is there really a way to "read" the symbol paragraphs? In any event, the space taken up by this joke maybe was a cause for making the English text so tiny in order to conserve space, that it is a strain to read. Making that English text not only tiny but red instead of the more readable black just compounds the annoyance. Maybe the small size and color were a conscious attempt to undercut the whole idea of introduction/interpretation.
Buy the book for its attractive variety of amusing and mostly esthetically enjoyable art, but don't expect much of what I'd call "sequence."