Comic Recommendation: Knuckleheads

Today’s comic recommendation is Monkeybrain’s Knuckleheads, written by Brian Winkeler and art by Robert Wilson IV. Of the many origin stories out there for upcoming heroes out there, this has to be one of the most unconventional approaches I’ve seen, and it was hilarious in every way. One thing you come to appreciate from books out there at this time is to be able to find those that don’t take themselves so seriously. That is what I got from Knuckleheads #1 and I liked it.

KnuckleheadsSpecialEditionTrev is a very special case as you wonder just why someone like him was given power and yet not take his job seriously. As Brian Winkeler stated, it is basically like reading Green Lantern, but with a unique twist on it. When I read this I felt as if I were reading what would have happened if that power ring fell into the wrong hands. The hands of someone irresponsible, and of course we are speaking of crystal fist. Even his costume was something I found surprising because he just doesn’t scream superhero when you look at him. Makes you all the more curious as to his motivation for finding saving innocents lives to be more important than his own.

The appeal of this story is that Trev has gotten more than he asked for. Someone who needs serious motivation to do the right thing and spring into action to take on whatever foe or beast threatens the city. All the power and no responsibility makes this hilarious knowing that his own friend is braver than he is in the face of danger. Being that anchor to something serious and finding that balance where things don’t get too ridiculous. This is what makes Brian Winkeler’s use of the characters great, the side characters play just as much of a role as Trev does. He is able to create that dynamic in relationship which lets everyone play off of each other.

Knuckleheads-1-3Robert Wilson IV is the best man for this book, his art style is clean and the facial expressions are handled very well. Great use of color, especially when it comes to the Crystal Fist, and nothing is lacking in terms of detail such as clothing or the environment around them. It doesn’t try to be anything more than a book focused on humor and that is a reason to pick this up when other stories seem too intense.

Taking every opportunity to make you laugh when things manage to get serious, this is a must read. As Trevor’s first act in this book has come to a close and a new has begun, I’d say that Knuckleheads has potential if it continues this pace and tries to be nothing more than it is now. Having meaning is good and all, but you still want something that you can get a genuine laugh out of. All within reason wince we do still want to see some growth from the main character and maybe more of an explanation as to who these aliens are that gave Trev the crystal fist. This book has done that for me in all three issues so far. Highly recommended that you pick up this book and support it.

Check it out on Comixology now!

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