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Review: Skullkickers Super Special

Skullkickers Super Special

You often hear of things that were ahead of their time. They’re usually something that years later their concept blew up in popularity. Skullkickers is that type of thing. Launched years ago, the comic tells the story of Rex and Rolf, two adventures in what is an off the rails fantasy adventure. Think of it as a roleplaying game where the dungeon master has lost control. With a fantastic mix of action and adventure it’s tone would eventually find massive success in the live roleplaying sessions that have become popular. The Skullkickers Super Special celebrates 10 years of the destructive duo and it feels like no time has passed.

Written by Jim Zub, Skullkickers Super Special has Rolf and Rex infiltrating a magic academy. Yes, the comic skewers a certain hat sorting world. The two, who very much don’t like magic, are on a mission and have to do their best to fit in. That means holding back their urges for destruction but also taking classes. As Zub has shown in the past, he’s a master of both making fun of and having fun with tropes, what has come before, other properties, and more. Skullkickers is Dungeons & Dragons on Fun Dip and Pixie Sticks fueled by Mt. Dew. And it’s glorious. We get everything we’d expect and want with this and Zub shows off what made this series great (and so ahead of its time).

Edwin Huang‘s art is fantastic. Along with Misty Coats‘ coloe, the comic has a painted animated cell look to it that’s fantastic. The comic always looked great and it continues to do so here. What worked so well in the past and continues here is the use of visuals to nail the punchline of jokes. A lightning bolt is thrown at someone who speaks out of turn and all you see is blood spurting from off panel as everyone goes back to normal. Small things like that keep the frenetic jokes flowing in dialogue, actions, and what’s visually there. The duo are joined by Richy Truong on background assists and Marshall Dillon on lettering. Dillon’s lettering, like the visuals, help nail the punchlines of the jokes so many times adding to the fun vibe of it all.

Skullkickers Super Special left me wanting more. Seriously, the comic was, and is, so unique in its style and voice it deserves a return to find the massive audience it should have. All these years later, it’s like returning to an old friend and one you want to keep hanging out with.

Story: Jim Zub Art: Edwin Huang
Color: Misty Coats Background Assists: Richy Truong Letterer: Marshall Dillon
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Killchella #1

Wednesdays (and Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

A.X.E.: Judgement Day Omega #1 (Marvel) – The event has been one of the best Marvel has done in a while and we want to see what the new status quo is and what this issue lays out for the various folks involved.

Billionaire Island: Cult of Dogs #1 (AHOY Comics) – Mark Russell is back with more satire and when he’s skewering society, it’s well worth checking it. Russell consistently will make you think as well as laugh.

Dark Ride #2 (Image Comics) – The first issue delivered an intriguing start to the new horror series and we want to see where it all goes from there.

Death of Superman 30th Anniversary Special #1 (DC Comics) – The original creators behind the event are back with new stories celebrating 30 years.

Do a Powerbomb #6 (Image Comics) – Wrestling. Drama. Horror. Yeah, this has everything checked off for us. Did we mention the awesome art? This is a series that stands out this year.

Fantastic Four #1 (Marvel) – Ryan North and Iban Coello set Marvel’s first family in a new direction, a perfect time to dive in for what should be a good creative combo.

Gospel #1 (Image Comics) – Inspired by Miyazaki and set in the chaos of King Henry VIII’s reign, that alone has us intrigued about this one.

Killchella #1 (Scout Comics) – A music festival turns deadly when a reclusive pop star returns after five years and attempts a massive human sacrifice ritual.

Lord of the Jungle #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – Dan Jurgens writing Tarzan? Yeah, we’re in for that.

New Golden Age (DC Comics) – Geoff Johns’ next chapter of his vision kicks off here bringing back classic DC characters that haven’t had the spotlight for some time.

The Nice House on the Lake #11 (DC Comics) – The horror sci-fi series has been amazing with with one more issue to go, we’re glued to every issue to find out what the hell is going on.

Sabretooth and the Exiles #1 (Marvel) – Sabretooth has had it rough with Krakoa so what plans there are for him in the “X Universe” should be interesting.

Skullkickers Super Special #1 (Image Comics) – Celebrating 12 years of Skullkickers, we’re always down for this series. It was WAY ahead of its time with off the rails fantasy adventure.

Soldier Stories (Image Comics/Top Cow Productions) – Four tales of conflict written by veterans.

Specs #1 (BOOM! Studios) – We get a They Live vibe from this when some teens get a pair of X-ray specs and things turn dark and more than they bargained for.

WildC.A.T.s #1 (DC Comics) – The team is back with a new take that has them more built into the DC Universe. It feels like the start of something big to come and hopefully indicates we’ll get to see more of the Wildstorm Universe return.

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Dive into the world of fantasy with the Fantasy RPG Comics Book Bundle

Explore the role-playing experience with the Fantasy RPG Comics Book Bundle, a fantastic bundle of fantasy comics! Delve deeper into the characters and lore of your favorite settings in stories based on Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder. Discover a world where gaming sessions get all too real in the acclaimed horror-fantasy series Die. Follow the adventures of a band of mercs in the sword-and-sorcery send-up Skullkickers. Loot a treasury of digital comics, and help support National Network of Abortion Funds with your purchase.

Pay just $15 to get the entire bundle worth $167!

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Dive into the world of fantasy with the Fantasy RPG Comics Book Bundle

Explore the role-playing experience with the Fantasy RPG Comics Book Bundle, a fantastic bundle of fantasy comics! Delve deeper into the characters and lore of your favorite settings in stories based on Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder. Discover a world where gaming sessions get all too real in the acclaimed horror-fantasy series Die. Follow the adventures of a band of mercs in the sword-and-sorcery send-up Skullkickers. Loot a treasury of digital comics, and help support National Network of Abortion Funds with your purchase.

Pay just $15 to get the entire bundle worth $167!

Skullkickers - Volume #1

Dive into the world of fantasy with the Fantasy RPG Comics Book Bundle

Explore the role-playing experience with the Fantasy RPG Comics Book Bundle, a fantastic bundle of fantasy comics! Delve deeper into the characters and lore of your favorite settings in stories based on Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder. Discover a world where gaming sessions get all too real in the acclaimed horror-fantasy series Die. Follow the adventures of a band of mercs in the sword-and-sorcery send-up Skullkickers. Loot a treasury of digital comics, and help support National Network of Abortion Funds with your purchase.

Pay just $15 to get the entire bundle worth $167!

Skullkickers - Volume #1

Dive into the world of fantasy with the Fantasy RPG Comics Book Bundle

Explore the role-playing experience with the Fantasy RPG Comics Book Bundle, a fantastic bundle of fantasy comics! Delve deeper into the characters and lore of your favorite settings in stories based on Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder. Discover a world where gaming sessions get all too real in the acclaimed horror-fantasy series Die. Follow the adventures of a band of mercs in the sword-and-sorcery send-up Skullkickers. Loot a treasury of digital comics, and help support National Network of Abortion Funds with your purchase.

Pay just $15 to get the entire bundle worth $167!

Skullkickers - Volume #1

Dive into the world of fantasy with the Fantasy RPG Comics Book Bundle

Explore the role-playing experience with the Fantasy RPG Comics Book Bundle, a fantastic bundle of fantasy comics! Delve deeper into the characters and lore of your favorite settings in stories based on Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder. Discover a world where gaming sessions get all too real in the acclaimed horror-fantasy series Die. Follow the adventures of a band of mercs in the sword-and-sorcery send-up Skullkickers. Loot a treasury of digital comics, and help support National Network of Abortion Funds with your purchase.

Pay just $15 to get the entire bundle worth $167!

Skullkickers - Volume #1

Dive into the world of fantasy with the Fantasy RPG Comics Book Bundle

Explore the role-playing experience with the Fantasy RPG Comics Book Bundle, a fantastic bundle of fantasy comics! Delve deeper into the characters and lore of your favorite settings in stories based on Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder. Discover a world where gaming sessions get all too real in the acclaimed horror-fantasy series Die. Follow the adventures of a band of mercs in the sword-and-sorcery send-up Skullkickers. Loot a treasury of digital comics, and help support National Network of Abortion Funds with your purchase.

Pay just $15 to get the entire bundle worth $167!

Skullkickers - Volume #1

Dive into the world of fantasy with the Fantasy RPG Comics Book Bundle

Explore the role-playing experience with the Fantasy RPG Comics Book Bundle, a fantastic bundle of fantasy comics! Delve deeper into the characters and lore of your favorite settings in stories based on Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder. Discover a world where gaming sessions get all too real in the acclaimed horror-fantasy series Die. Follow the adventures of a band of mercs in the sword-and-sorcery send-up Skullkickers. Loot a treasury of digital comics, and help support National Network of Abortion Funds with your purchase.

Pay just $15 to get the entire bundle worth $167!

Skullkickers - Volume #1
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