I just want to start this review off being completely honest and say that this is my first foray into the world of both Skullkickers and writer Jim Zub. I have no idea who these characters are, or what their back stories may be. Hell, up until recently I’ve never even heard of Skullkickers. With all of that out of the way, however, I just have one thing to say…
THIS BOOK ROCKS!
I’m convinced that Skullkickers has something for pretty much everyone, so let’s just run through a checklist and see, shall we?
Tons of action/violence? Oh, yeah!
Lots of laughs? You know it!
Art any good? Yup.
The best part of this book, however, is the fact that it’s just so damn fun to read. Writer Jim Zub puts his characters in hilariously awkward situations and can find ways to make even intense action scenes funny. I mean, how can you not love a dwarf that’s completely naked in Hades and when asked by Charon the ferryman for payment, in exchange for a ride, replies with, “I’d love ta pay ye fer a ride but, as ye kin see, it’s just me an’ mah jumblies here?” That coupled with the fact that he calls Charon, Sharon, is just pure gold.
Artist Edwin Huang’s art on “Savage Skullkickers” is fantastic and I enjoyed every bit of it. My favorite parts, however, were the pages that took place in Hades. Something about those scenes just dug their claws into me and wouldn’t let me go, which was perfectly fine because I loved where I was at. Huang’s art is cartoony, but not at all lacking in detail, and there’s a sort of indescribable pop to the art in this book that really makes it stand out and totally engrossing. The art at times reminded me a lot of the Archie Comics Mega Man series as they both have a similar sort of style to them.
After I finished reading “Savage Skullkickers”, I immediately picked up my phone and called someone to tell them to go check this book out. So do yourself a favor and go check out Skullkickers too. This book is extremely entertaining, and I guarantee you’ll have a blast with it!
Joseph Torres, a mysterious character who aids the forces of law and order, is in reality, Lamont Cranston, wealthy young man-about-town. He is a Marvel News Reporter for Capeless Crusader and aspiring comic book writer. His favorite ‘Big 2′ comic book characters are Marvel’s Moon Knight and DC’s The Flash. If you want to reach him for something pertaining to reviews or comic news, or, heck, to argue who’d win in a fight between comic book characters you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org