I’m not going to lie to you all, the name of this book alone made me want to review it. I had no inkling of its existence before picking it to review and of course from the title I was expecting a complete re-imagining of Shakespeare’s literary works in illustrated form…. Nah, just messing with you! This book is crazy, like nuts, some might say it’s bananas even, but if it is then these are some seriously demented, deformed extra-dimensional bananas! The byline for the book is that these guys do “everything BUT solve crime.” Err yep! From page one I had no clue what was going on and I began to wonder if this is what it felt like to take LSD or shrooms…
One of the gang is stuck in some time bubble with her boyfriend who apparently can remake space and time. The other is searching for his lost vagina to put his wieners in. Oh, and thrown in for good measure: there’s a swear jar that imprisons the last person to utter a curse word?! It’s all rather random, positively crazy, and deliberately hilarious. DO NOT even try and take this book seriously, you will fail, it will draw you into it’s bright, colourful little world and knock that frown off your face!
The jovial tone is reflected in the artwork too, it’s, shall we say, rather basic. It rather reminds me of the Mr. Men books actually (please let someone understand that reference or I will feel very old indeed). But this is not a book to give your children, oh no, no! If one needed further proof that comics are not just for kids these days then read Superf*ckers Forever! The colours are so ostentatiously bright they will give you headaches and make your eyes bleed, all while laughing your arse off. Sure the humour doesn’t always work but that doesn’t really matter. Though it should be pointed out that humour is really all this book has going for it, so if that fails to hit the mark in later issues, there would be little reason to pick it up.
Do not read this book if you want a cerebral storyline, richly laden with conspiracy, intrigue and Game of Thrones like battles. And don’t hold out on future issues being like that either, they won’t be. However, if you want a bit of a giggle with some gratuitous language in a book that dares to be provocative then give Superf*ckers Forever a look. If I may offer a suggestion though, read it in a secluded place! This is not one to be flicking through on the bus people. You have been warned.
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Superf*ckers Forever #1 Writer: James Kochalka Artist: James Kochalka and Jake Lawrence Publisher: Top Shelf / IDW Price: $3.99 Format: Mini-Series; Print/Digital