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Punks: The Comic #1 Now With More Bounce Per Ounce

Written by Tim Midura on Wednesday, October 08 2014 and posted in Reviews

Punks: The Comic #1 Now With More Bounce Per Ounce

Fialkov and Chamberlain's crude and clever commentary is back.



Joshua Hale Fialkov and Kody Chamberlain’s cult MTV Geek classic Punks returns from Image Comics. Dog, Skull, Fist and Abe Lincoln are all back under a cover by Chamberlain of Lincoln with the mouth of a skull.
 
The punk flyer art style by Kody Chamberlain makes Punks look like no other book. Each character’s head is crudely pasted onto its body. This raw approach to art is not for everyone, but fits the series’ name. Each panel seems slapped together, but is smartly laid out. The issue itself doesn’t have much in the way of plot, with the characters as aimless as the punks, they’re poking fun at. 
 
Joshua Hale Fialkov keeps each character similar in mindset, but unique in their own ways. Fist talks through signs, due to not having a mouth and Abe Lincoln constantly referencing his age and stature. The clearest knock on the punk scene is when Dog’s girlfriend comes to the house and the other three housemates all hit on her or put her down, but in a twist saying things like “Inappropriate misogynist comment” or “Ironic but secretly anti-feminist outburst.” By making generic statements, Fialkov brings misogyny to the forefront.
 
Midway through, puzzles and a card game appear. The card game, Nutpuncher, encourages violence between players in a twisted version of rock, paper, scissors and the puzzles are unsolvable, while making fun of the reader. The crossword insists finding words such as “cantaloupe” and “anal fissures,” while the entire puzzle grid only has the word “poop.” The inclusion of the original Punks short at the end is a good bonus.
 
Punks is a proper write up of the punk scene. It takes nihilism, violence and sexism head on. What could easily be pure gimmick or obviously immature, is instead a biting commentary on a music scene rooted in blatant apathy and hate. Fialkov and Chamberlain have something great on their hands, in a similar vein to South Park, using basic art to make smart comments on society.
 




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About the Author - Tim Midura


Born in the frozen tundra of Massachusetts, Tim Midura has long possessed a love for comic books and records. After stealing the beard of Zeus and inventing the pizza bagel, a much more heavily tattooed and bearded Tim Midura has finally settled in San Diego. He's the world's first comics journalist who doesn't want to become a comics writer. Find him on twitter, facebook or by email.


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