Trevor K. Trevinski was massively hung over when he was given the cosmic powers of The Crystal Fist, so he has no idea how they work. Trev, his roommate Lance, Pizza Guy, and Emma, the “hot drunk English chick,” embark on a hero’s journey, hitting every pothole along the way.
Knuckleheads is one of the numerous series lately that have taken on superherodom from the point of view of the every man. Collecting the first eight issues that were released as digital comics, Knuckleheads: Fist Contact is an entertaining, and funny look at what would happen if super powers were given to someone who should absolutely not have them.
Written by Brian Winkeler with art by Robert Wilson IV, the series naturally introduces us to our cast of characters, with the bigger reveal as to where things are going, and why they are, towards the end. This is a lot of set up with a pay off that’s well worth it.
As a digital comic published by Monkeybrain Comics, each issue is bit sized humor with quick punches that works well in digital form. Collected together through Monkeybrain’s partnership with IDW Publishing, those jokes build up into a solid narrative that delivers with a great punch at the end. Bringing the story to visual life, Wilson’s art reminds me of Mike Allred’s and there’s something about the style that fits the slackers whose tale it visualizes.
Overall Knuckleheads is an entertaining series that’s a great read either in print or its digital form. It’s a story of an everyman given cool powers, and with that, it becomes easy to relate to as we imagine how we’d react in the same situation. Do yourself a favor and pick up the trade, or if you don’t want to dive in that much, an individual issue can be purchased for less than a dollar digitally.
Story: Brian Winkeler Art: Robert Wilson IV
Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Buy
IDW Publishing and Monkeybrain Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review