- Posted by Johanna on May 22, 2010 at 9:18 am
- Category: Graphic Novel Reviews
- CREDITS: by James Kochalka
- PUBLISHER: Top Shelf Productions; $14.95 US
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.)