Little did they know that they were boarding the Mermaid's Bottom, a women only pirate ship. Enter the swashbuckling buccaneer ladies of the high seas.
Its true, this time our heroes go on a trip around the (don't know how many) seas, with a detour by the Wild West and a pit stop at a Lovecraftian Monster's lair.
Its a wild and randomly crazy story arc.
How is it?
Reading this volume is a crazy experience. The randomness is all the way up at eleven. Jim Zub throws new and unexpected twists left and right. But, if you've read the previous volumes, you'd won't be all that surprised about it. Skullkickers is about having fun, and fun is what you'll have when you read it.
Zub finally unveils the past of one of our heroes *cof*Baldy*cof*. It was not what I was expecting, but one thing is certain, imagination is something Jim Zub has in abundance. Imagination and a bit of a Terminator fanboyish vibe going there.
I've talked about this in the reviews of previous volumes, but the little tidbits of comedy that are thrown here and there are very much noteworthy. In this story arc, on top of the humorous sound effects, Zub added a narrator dialog gimmick. Basically you have the hypothetical writer and the artist of the book narrating the story and getting on each other's nerves. Think of it as Skullkickers version of Statler and Waldorf.
Besides the main story arc, this volume also collects four short stories. This is becoming usual, and to be honest, I hope they keep it up. Its a great little desert to complete the fantastic meal that is the main story.
Edwin Huang and Misty Coats do a good job in the art department. They stay true to the style that's been established in the last volumes and do it in a consistent way. While this is a bit too much cartoony for my liking, it suites the story well.
Just get it. Its a feel good comic book. Its hard not to get a smile going when reading this pages, and that's a rare thing these days.
Publisher: Image Comics
Authors: Jim Zub, Edwin Huang, Misty Coats
Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/10/review-skullkickers-volume-3-six.html
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