Put On Your Skullkickers and Get Kickin’

Review by Shaun Daniels and Edited by Sharon Wong

Skullkickers #11

Written by Jim Zub(kavich), Art by Edwin Huang & Misty Coats, Lettering by Marshall Dillon, Cover by Saejin Oh and Published by Image Comics.

The fun of Skullkickers isn’t just the action, the humor or the skullkickery but how the dashing duo get themselves out of a pickle again and again.  Issue #11 is not short of any of these things as the city of Urbia is overwrought and overgrown with a giant-sized vampire plant.  The plant’s mission is to restore the city back to its natural roots and to suck the blood out of the inhabitants of the city.  It’s up to the duo to stop the plant but first, they’ll need a little help from a few unlikely allies.

With the clock running out on Urbia, our favorite mercenary duo have got to come up with a plan to kill the vampiric beanstalk.  The one and only true way to kill this kaiju-sized beanstock is with a kaiju-sized poison but the lack of availability of a giant spray bottle is a problem.  The two must recruit the aid the of the reluctant Plankey, the thieves guild leader.  Plankey has an unusual ability that will aid in the extermination of the plant in question.  Unfortunately, the poison is not enough to to stop the plant and instead, an unusual ally lends a hand.

As creative teams go, the team of Zub(kavich), Coats, Dillon, Espen Grundetjern, Huang, Oh and Kevin Raganit is one of the best in the business.  The art is of a stylized fantasy that both disarms with its cartoonish approach and blindsides with its action-packed rendered fight scenes.  The writing falls into the same camp as the art; its humor keeps you off-guard then it hits you with sophisticated storytelling.  Lettering normally doesn’t get much praise but praise needs to be sung as Marshall Dillon is the big success of this issue.  The sound effects are carefully laid out to add to the action elements occurring in the panels and the font matches the action with letters being stretched or compressed.  You’ll get lost in the writing and art on Skullkickers as the story unfolds in front of your eyes since it feels less like a comic.  It’s highly unlikely that the Skullkickers well is going to dry up anytime soon as the team fleshes out the world and introduces new concepts to the book.

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