Summer Blonde: Four Stories, by Adrian Tomine. (Drawn & Quarterly, $16.95.) Cheerless but unfailingly smart, these four graphic novellas are mainly populated by lonely and sexually inept Gen Xers who can be as sour and sarcastic as real people. ''Reading a comic book suddenly becomes as rewarding as reading good contemporary fiction,'' Nick Hornby wrote in these pages in 2002. ''Tomine has both talent and a writer's eye for the truth.''
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