By Wook Kim
Updated February 08, 2006 at 05:00 AM EST

(Toby, $12.95)

Fancy-Pants Writer
Author Etgar Keret, a hipster hero in his native Israel, adds visuals to his antic tales of alienation.

Plot Maneuver
From a magician going through a bad spell to a man tripping a flight fantastic, each of these five tales is illustrated rather drolly by a different artist.

Good Enough to Quit His Day Job?
Some thing gets lost in translating Keret’s magic realism, which lacks warmth, to the comics medium. And after traveling across multiple time zones, the reader lands with a splitting headache.