I don’t know about Communists, but Kurt Busiek is one of my top three in terms of comics writers. He could write the phone book and still make the setting and characters interesting. My best Ebay find, other than the first issue of Lobo, was a full run of Astro City (so far). I purchased the collected Astro City: The Tarnished Angel first, and was hooked on the atmosphere created in Busiek’s tale of a down-at-the-heels villain who investigates a string of killings. Of course, it helps that the character is based on Robert Mitchum. It’s just as hard not to watch Mitchum on the printed page as it is during a movie.