Main Story and Art by: James Kochalka
Backup Story and Art by: Jake Lawrence
If you aren’t familiar with James Kochalka’s Superfuckers, you’d be forgiven for thinking the title is about superhero groupies. It isn’t. “Fuckers” is used less literally. Like, “Check out those fuckers over there. What a bunch of fuckers.” Only this bunch of fuckers have super powers.
Less prone to super heroics and more prone to fucking around, Kochalka’s characters are a lot of fun. A lot of ridiculous fun.
How ridiculous? Vortex grows weary of always having to rebuild the universe, usually due to one of the Superfuckers fucking up, and decides to just chill with his main squeeze Grotessa in a time bubble. Grotessa, content with making out until she finds her own severed foot leftover from the previous incarnation of the universe, has Vortex put everything back the way it was. That’s when they pop back into reality to find Jack Krak (the Motherfucker) trying to get Ultra Richard and Orange Lightning to understand the importance of his missing vagina and multiple wieners. When they arrive, Grotessa throws up her pet Grotus, a stinky purple blob whose slime will get you high as fuck. So was the universe actually reborn, or was Grotessa just high? It doesn’t matter. Jack Krak’s missing vagina by the way? Just a rip in the space/time continuum. And his wieners were literal wieners, for hot dogs, that he kept in Dimension Zero.
That’s the kind of absurdity Superfuckers Forever #1 is all about. Kochalka delivers a steady stream of laughs, most of them stemming from Jack Krak’s missing vagina.
Superfuckers Forever #1 is a lot like the bastard child of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Seinfeld. It's funny and profanity laden, the characters don't really do too much of anything. They're not exactly bad people, just kind of self-absorbed and lazy. Plus some stuff about super powers and extra-dimensional rifts.
The best part of the comic is the banter between characters, and Kochalka does a lot to distinguish them. He avoids the pitfalls of sacrificing each character's unique voice for the benefit of having the characters seem cool and witty. He shows us a lot about the characters while keeping the dialogue snappy and hilarious, and they all seem pretty cool and witty in their own, special ways. The book features a handy one-page guide on who each of the characters are, but ultimately, the book does a great job of introducing the characters on its own.
Kochalka’s simple, cartoony art is full of charm, creating a bit of a juxtaposition with the nature of the characters - the drug-using, foul-mouthed, self-absorbed fuckers they are. That contrast adds a lot to the comic, subverting the idea of the kid-friendly superhero (and creator) not at all being for children. At this point, Kochalka is probably best known for the popular Johnny Boo line of children's books. Or maybe he's just taking the opportunity to fuck around.
Superfuckers Forever #1 further plays with some of the ideas held dear by mainstream comics by billing itself as "an event comic like no other," and we all know how much comic fans love events. An event comic where nothing much happens other than characters standing around talking is a little too on the nose to not be poking fun at trends in superhero comics.
The book also features a four page backup story by Jake Lawrence, critically acclaimed creator behind Boom's Teen Dog. It's also a lot of fun, and plays on one of the core characteristics of the Superfuckers, swearing.
Superfuckers Forever #1 will give fans what they're looking for, a monthly shot of the eponymous Superfuckers doing what they do best (i.e., fucking around). It's funny and a bit crude. It's light on story, but heavy on absurdity, a great introduction for anybody interested in the less super side of super heroics.