Sara's "Horse" Maxx takes her on a journey through a childhood maze of blankets draped over lawn chairs and there she discovers Artie/Gone in a surreal hallucination. Meanwhile a thug named Pablo picks the wrong dumpster to squirt mustard into... as the threat of the Yellow Slug looms.
While Julie's stuck in the bathroom thanks to her morning sickness, Sarah and Maxx's minds become melded, and Maxx now knows what he must do. He journeys to Julie's Outback where-- amid a sea of skulls-- he finds the Leopard Queen. Together they travel to a distant volcano, and while staring into the flaring lava, Maxx's memories come flooding back to him.
Newly colorized! Sarah finally learns everything from her dad's tapes, but she might not last long enough to share this newfound knowledge since she's stuck in jail with a black Isz for a cellmate! Turns out she has one more lesson to learn: sometimes you have to be ugly... to survive.
Maxx finds himself plunged into a maze of quilts, lawn chairs and toy animals, leading to a large horse version of Maxx, (Not to be confused with Maxx's rabbit version). Maxx is pulled along into Sara's childhood, when a mysterious stranger discovers Sara and Maxx in bed togetherƒ Meanwhile, Jasper gets his hand released from the Outback, but in a less than pleasant way.
Sarah reflects on her grandma and Gone's odd connection, while an old man in a nursing home escapes into the parking lot, chasing an imaginary space ship. The nursing home staff are convinced the old man has dementia, but there seems to be a connection between his imagination and the Outback. Meanwhile, Julie re-invents herself-discovering, among other things, casual sex and junk food without guilt!
Up on a roof-top, an alienated boy named Harry seeks out Mr. Gone to learn how he might gain power. Meanwhile, Maxx breaks into Gone's lair and is distraught by clues on a series of tapes Gone made for Sarah. Back on the roof, Gone's advice for Harry meets with disastrous results-- for Mr. Gone.
Julie grapples with how to tell Maxx she's contemplating leaving him while she tries to see things from Maxx's POV. Meanwhile, Gone tries, yet again, to reason with Maxx and force him to face the secrets of the Outback and why Maxx and Julie's relationship is based on things both would rather remain repressedƒ all this while Julie packs up a U-haul.
Fairy Tale: As Julie is spring cleaning, Mr. Gone entertains us with a little child-like tale of Julie's traumatic up-bringing, and the little sickly rabbit that scrape, scrape, scrapes, which she keeps hidden under her bed. She learns lessons from her absentee father's denial, and her mother's unflinching willingness to face things that Julie (and Maxx) would rather avoid all together.
Our good Doc finds himself surrounded by a room full of black isz, as Maxx seeks resolution battling various Outback creatures. Meanwhile, Julie seeks solace in that special place we all go to contemplate weighty issuesthe bathroom. Neither seems any closer to finding the answers they seek (But Sara finally unwraps that mysterious box of clay that's been talking to her)!
Maxx and Pitt continued: In the Outback, an oversized Julie gets aggressive with a tiny and annoying Mr. Gonewhich brings her one step closer to revealing the possible source or her trauma. while Maxx and Pitt managed to use old VHS tapes to restrain the berzerk Isz. Meanwhile, Sarah confronts a Horse who speaks to her on the side of a building.
Guest starring Dale Keown's THE PITT! While a doctor discovers a secret about an old Maxx acquaintance, Maxx and Julie take a trip to the Outback together.. where they discover, among other things-- The Pitt! And while Maxx and Pitt defend themselves in the outback, they shift into miniature versions of themselves in Julie's apartment, fighting off a GIANT ISZ... who threatens to devour them!
After Laying on the couch and feeling sorry for himself, and being spied upon by some isz Maxx plunges down the proverbial rabbit hole and encounters the "Crappon in the Hat," tries to save a fish, spills some beans, discovers a little girl (who is somehow connected to the Jungle Queen), and then finds himself on Julie's couch, confused and afraid right back where he started!
After Laying on the couch and feeling sorry for himself, being spied upon by some isz... Maxx plunges down the proverbial rabbit hole, and encounters the "Crappon in the Hat," tries to save a fish, spills some beans, discovers a little girl (who's a developmentally stunted version of the Jungle Queen), then struggles to make sense of it all... and finding himself on Julie's couch again.
Sara and Maxx retreat under an overpass and reflect on their own personal demons. The black Isz keep spilling into the real world as omens of Mr. Gone's plans grow more evident. Meanwhile, Julie tries to help Sara sort out high school nightmares and encounters with bullies that send Sara to the breaking point. Digitally re-mastered and re-colored!
Maxx is confronted by Mr. Gone in the outback, and spills vital clues about how he became the Maxx. Meanwhile, outback Julie retreats to her rock lair and begins the slow process of healing. Completely remastered each page has been painstakingly scanned from the original art by Sam Kieth, who is also overseeing the new coloring. This is The Maxx better than ever!
The second issue of Sam Kieth's classic MAXX series continues with all pages completely rescanned from Sam's original art, and new coloring that is overseen by the creator. For longtime fans, this completely remastered version of Kieth's quirky classic is truly a brand new look at an old and treasured friend. For those just new to the Maxx, Julie, and the Outback... we envy your discovering it for the first time!
Sam Kieth has long been renowned for his stunning artistry and insightful and quirky stories. Now, IDW is proud to present a re-mastered edition (complete with new scans of all Maxx pages from the original art) with revised coloring, all overseen by Kieth. The Maxx tells the story of a homeless person who lives in a box and moves back and forth between our reality and "The Outback," a heroic fantasy realm. He is aided and accompanied by Julie Winters, a social worker in our world and a beautiful jungle princess in The Outback.