Written by Tim Midura
on Friday, June 27 2014 and posted in Reviews
How will Rex cope with a mashed Rolf?
The penultimate issue of A Dozen Cousins and A Crumpled Crown releases this week in Skullkickers #28! From Image Comics, this issue has the great team of Jim Zub and Edwin Huang, featuring a cover by James Ghio of Rolf and Rex barrelling through the snow.
Opening immediately after the death of Shorty, our heroes argue with the royals of Dwayre about various types of legal systems. Their squabbling continues until glacier giants appear and they must band together to defeat the mountain dwarves’ mortal enemies.
Jim Zub is at the top of his game here with the bickering narrators throughout the battle. The discussion of Dwarven laws with the subsequent reveal of the Dwarven women is some of Zub’s best banter. The Day of Dupery is a short, fun look into a tumultuous time in Dwayre’s history.
The opening splash by Edwin Huang and Kevin Raganit perfectly captures the awkward tension of the situation Rolf and Rexended up in. Misty Coats and Ross A Campbell’s use of green on Kusia really makes her pop off the page and stand out against the rest of the issue. Skullkickers is the best when it comes to action effects and besides standouts like SHUDDER and WHOOSH, letterer Marshall Dillon’s highlight is DRAMATICALLY-TIMED RUMBLE.
The team never lets up on the humor but it never feels forced. Skullkickers #28 is the strongest issue in awhile of a solid run so far, and with the end in sight, Zub and Huang show no sign of slowing down anytime soon!
Not sold? Jim Zub offers the early volumes for free.
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