Friday, August 19, 2016

Review - Superf*ckers Forever #1 (@IDWEntertainment)


"Why are we in this stupid bubble thing?"

Kids being kids is an excuse that let's them get away with a lot of stuff. Rarely (if never) should that excuse them being horrible people. IDW Entertainment likes horrible people sometimes and that's why they're publishing Superf*ckers Forever #1. "Time Bubble," "The Private Principle" and "The Rebirthening" are written and illustrated by James Kochalka. "Swear Jar" is written and illustrated by Jake Lawrence.

The Superf*ckers are back in their first-ever monthly comic-book series! James Kochalka's lovably profane heroes return in Superf*ckers Forever, an event series like no other!

Saying Superf*ckers Forever #1 is irreverent would be an understatement. His dialogue is extremely crass for the sake of being over the top and it's that dialogue that really makes the issue work. All of the characters interact with one another in ways that border on inappropriate and Kochalka doesn't back down from that level of debauchery. And despite the book being comprised of multiple short stories, Kochalka ties them all together loosely from one story to the next, through both the characters involved and the tone of the stories. Lawence's one-shot even keeps the same tone as the other stories and offers a tale that's equally as ridiculous as the others.

Matching the book's slapstick tone is the artwork. Kochalka draws the characters with a very loose and detached style that seems to underscore the bathroom-humor nature of the book. Despite the crude drawing style Kochalka still manages to make the characters feel lively as they interact with one another. The characters all pride themselves on basically being jerks and Kochalka uses some very coarse visuals to accomplish that goal. Lawrence matches this crude intensity in his work as well, giving the entire book a consistently gross sensation.

Superf*ckers Forever #1 is about kids being really bad kids--to one another and to those around them. The gang first made their debut a little over a decade ago and the collection gives both new fans and old a chance to get back into the thick of things with them. Kochalka's tales are amusing but will cater to a relatively particular audience. His artwork is equally as contemptuous as the script itself. Superf*ckers Forever #1 is entertaining for what it is: an extremely long toilet joke basically.

Superf*ckers Forever #1 is in stores now.


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