Superf*ckers

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Superf*ckers
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Do you think bad words, pointless fights, and bodily functions are innately funny? In other words, do you have the sense of humor of a 10-year-old boy? If so, this is the book for you. If not, then you’ll find this just as boring as I do.

It’s funnier as a concept — James Kochalka does rude teen superheroes! — than in its execution, which I found tiring and a bit depressing. Hasn’t anyone who thinks they’ve “outgrown” superhero comics come up with this idea? Being offensive for its own sake is no longer outrageous, not after The Boys, which has the advantage of coming out with a similar look, format, and publisher to what it claims to be satirizing.

I don’t get the praise for this, I really don’t. Guy comic bloggers with review copies seem to find it hilarious; maybe it’s as simple as that. The publisher has a preview available, and the artist has recorded a theme song for the team.

(The publisher provided a review copy.)

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5 Responses to “Superf*ckers”

  1. Johnny Bacardi Says:

    Well, in all fairness, Superf*ckers came out before The Boys did, perhaps the last issue might have overlapped with the first few of the latter.

    I thought it was pretty funny myself, at least my inner ten year old did! He gets out sometimes.

  2. Johanna Says:

    Oh, I should have checked the dates on the original issues — but I will cover myself by saying that I was referring to the release of the SF collection and those who were new to the idea with that book. :) And yeah, humor is a very individual thing, and certainly, this has plenty of fans.

  3. Leigh Walton Says:

    Per the Top Shelf web site (http://www.topshelfcomix.com/news/publishing-schedule), SuperF*ckers #1 came out in 2005, the rest following in 2006-7.

    As the Top Shelf publicist, I can’t possibly speak about this impartially, of course. But for whatever it’s worth: I see it as a quite different thing than The Boys, not only because Kochalka and Robertson live in completely different artistic universes — although that’s a big part. In Ennis’s comic (of which I admittedly only read the first 6 issues or so) there is something truly sick and wrong and evil with the super”heroes,” and it’s fueled by a sort of righteous indignation. Meanwhile Kochalka’s book is fueled by a great deal of affection for these very, very stupid, naive, and insecure characters. The stakes are much lower. The Boys is about abuse of power; SuperF*ckers is about youth and immaturity.

  4. Leigh Walton Says:

    On the other hand, when you spend as much time with a book as I do with our titles, you start to see all kinds of layers of meaning. Even stuff that may not be there…

  5. Johanna Says:

    What a fascinating comparison! I think you’re right about the different tones. Unfortunately, I find both repulsive in the way they wallow in offensive material, so I can’t get into them enough to perceive those distinctions. But I’m overly sensitive to such things.

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