Kovalic creates a great parody of the superhero world. He has his psychaitrist treating the super-humans. It's told in a series of short vignettes. And it works this way. I mean, it isn't something that you could go on with forever, but for a few stories here and there, it is pretty well done. I'm just surprised it wasn't done sooner.
If you are a fan of Kurt Busiek's Astro City comics, then you'll probably enjoy Dr. Blink. Super heroes are people too, and they have just as many (if not more) neuroses as the rest of us. Lucky for them, Dr. F. W. Blink is there to help them work through their problems.
This book is comprised of several vignettes of varying length, plus two guest strips. The first is by Dan Taylor and Chris Fason of [...], and the second is by Alex Robinson, featuring Ultra-Gal. There is also a short story by John Kovalic in the back. I enjoyed reading this book thoroughly, and not just because I'm friends with two of the three creators!
Funny, clever, and simple. Yes, some of us made some of these super-hero jokes ourselves, but this had me giggling the whole time. A darn good read. It's a shame that, even though it's labeled "Volume One," it's the ONLY volume. BUT! You can follow Dr. Blink himself on Twitter, if you need Dr. Blink to refill your prescription: 40mgs of LOL. [...]
Dr. Frederick Wertham Blink, Superhero Shrink, specializing in supra human psychosis. This collection of stories featuring Dr. Blink as he treats a host of thinly veiled knockoffs of popular comic book characters, transforming the classic staples of the super-hero into symptoms of mental illness. This is pretty funny at first; no hero is spared, and sometimes the diagnosis is rather deep.
This gimmick gets old pretty quick, and the longer stories quickly start to loose their steam. Super-heroes are crazy; we get it. Kovalic's character development is wordy and not very innovative. The punchlines don't make up for the long tedious read it takes to get to the payoff. There is some really good stuff in here; its just buried under some really average, and not always funny, writing.
The latter stories are much shorter and are just long enough to set up the reveal. The two and six-pagers are the funniest and don't bear the weight of the heavy and boring dialog. Also, the not funny stories don't take too long to get through, so they are less of a waste of time.
Christopher Jones and Melissa Kaercher are a great art team. The thick lines and cartoony stylization of the characters is a perfect match, and nothing short of truly professional. The art looks like a much cleaner Michael Avon Oemig (Powers) and is fun to look at.
This book does have some other redeeming features: a hilarious wrap-around cover (check out the back), and a supplement section for the super-hero role-playing game Mutants & Masterminds.
If you need a break from the every-day comic book fare, this is a good distraction. At the very least it will put a smirk on your face, which you can take with you the next time you read Superman, Batman, or Spawn.