With one of the best press release campaigns of recent memory leading up and promoting it, there was some high expectations from me when I sat down to read Uncanny Skullkickers #1. I’ve read the majority of the previous eighteen issues, and the series is one I always thought deserved WAY more attention than it got. After a too long break, this week sees a new release, either the nineteenth issue or the first issue of an “uncanny” new series. Either way, the issue kicks ass!!!!
This is the first issue of the second story, an excellent jumping-on point for folks. While bald, gun wielding Rex is still a main focus, his former dwarven partner gets his own journey and story in this same issue. Instead, Rex is now dealing with Kusia as they’re stranded on an island after being shipwrecked. The two do as you’d expect, deal with being shipwrecked and stranded, so getting food, building shelter, stuff like that.
So, there’s not tons of action here, but the issue’s humor is front and center. Skullkickers has always been a series that mixes humor and action and does it damn near perfectly. It always exudes fun, and this first issue is no exception. Jim Zubkavich is a master of these types of comics, with series and more (if you can’t get enough).
Edwin Huang‘s art is amazing as well. The style is clean with an almost animated look to it all. It’s a style that fits the fun tone of the comic’s story.
Between the story and the art, Skullkickers is a series that captures the fun of the types of fantasy stories that are told with a twenty sided die at so many dinner tables every week. It’s a D&D campaign that’s gone completely off the rails. It’s been too long of a break for the series. I’m psyched it’s back and you should read this to find out why you should be psyched too!
Story: Jim Zubkavich Art: Edwin Huang Cover: Edwin Huang and Misty Coats Variant Cover: Chris Stevens
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy
Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review