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Super F*ckers Paperback – April 13, 2010

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From Publishers Weekly

A superhero team book like no other, Kochalka's gleefully disjointed romp explores what a group of young, confused people with superpowers would probably actually do, which is to say what the ones without superpowers tend to do: spend all their time playing cruel social-hierarchy games, indulging in awkward sexual experimentation, one-upping each other's potty-mouths, and figuring out creative ways to get high. Naturally, Kochalka draws it in his standard ultra-cute, clear-line style. Even his lines are mostly in a palette of simple, flat colors, giving the artwork a sense of candy-cane playfulness. The bulk of this collection was originally published as issues 271, 273, 277, and 279 of an ongoing series (no other issues exist, of course, but it's a hilarious excuse for Kochalka to dispense with pesky necessities like exposition and resolving cliffhangers); they're accompanied here by a solo story about the sycophantically adored and wildly irritable hero Jack Krack. There's a disarming sweetness about the whole thing, despite the satirical over-the-top vulgarity and the patina of angst and nastiness; even the occasional explosions of violence are adorable and briskly healed up. (Apr.)
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From Booklist

Targeting the rarely lampooned superhero-team concept, Kochalka ratchets his depraved-innocents schtick up a couple notches in the most ridiculous superhero parody since Jeffrey Brown’s Incredible Change-Bots (2007). Setting their frolics in the “field behind his house,” Kochalka portrays a leadership struggle among the titular crew after SuperDan and his lackey, Percy, get lost in the Zero Dimension. Jack Krak barges into the gap, and neither team aspirant Radical Randy nor rival team member Orange Lightning successfully challenges him. Nor does Kyle bringing Jack to Jesus improve either his temper or his language. As to the latter, sanitizing his tongue may be self-defeating for Jack, because at least a, if not the, primary distinctive of being on the team is swearing like a naughty 13-year-old (apparent rule No. 1: insert the f-word wherever possible). Improvisatorily mundane and silly, rendered in Kochalka’s customary swoopy lines and brilliant colors, this is for the annoying, funky early teenager in anyone, if not everyone. --Ray Olson

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Top Shelf Productions (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603090525
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603090520
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.5 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #952,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kochalka's signature coloring-book-cute style meets the crude humor of South Park in this send-up of superheroes. The team is a loosely organized group of slackers with superpowers who care more about getting sex, getting high, and getting even than they do about being heroes. They are all jerks to a degree, so the enjoyment lies not in finding a hero to look up to, but in figuring out which one to root against. Jack Krak is the most obvious antihero, even after he finds God, but as loyalties change and fights escalate, goth girl Grotessa and antisocial loser Vortex begin to emerge as sympathetic underdogs. Percy, sidekick to the Superman-like SuperDan, is also likable. Percy and SuperDan spend the book trapped in an alternate dimension and while SuperDan remains impervious to its effects, Percy quickly begins to succumb, changing into a new, more interesting being. Orbiting around the superhero team are lesser superbeings who are eager for team tryouts to begin. These groupies and wannabes are willing to do anything to get a spot on the team, though they are quick to fall to each other's--or sometimes their own--powers.

Details are not neglected here. Kochalka fills each page with foul language, violence, and off-color jokes, all aimed at making fun of both superheroes and slacker teens and young adults. Small silly asides are even slipped into the original floppy comics' publication information. The book starts with "issue 271," but this too is a joke, since that is actually the first issue of the comic. The plot meanders a little, but its randomness fits with the never-linear characters. Kochalka's art is unique and instantly identifiable. He uses crayon-like colors, with thin outlines and simple shapes, giving his art a childlike quality that plays nicely against the adult humor.
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So this is my first experience reading some of James Kochalka's work, outside of a few small shorts that I have seen and I was not that impressed overall. I give it an A for overall cartooning and for the blending of styles, but as for the story I must say this is rather weak.

The book is basically a parody of superhero comics but with dialogue that seems to have been written by 17-year old stoners. I might have found most of the humor funny when I was that age, but today in a world of cartooning that has given us gems by Jeff Smith, Frank Cho, Craig Thompson, Jeff Lemire, and Alex Robinson, this is just does not satisfy me as a reader. The characters are bland and with little dimension to them (with a couple of small exceptions) and the story lines are fractured.

As for the plots, it was fractured for a reason, I will give it that, but it lead to a somewhat annoying reading experience. As for super hero parody, there are a few good jokes in there but overall it is more just about a bunch of kids who find cussing and doing drugs amusing. It is a lot like South Park, but without the social satire. I think that it where I lost interest. I do not mind the language or anything else as long as it is there for a purpose and makes a satirical or cynical point, but unless I am missing something huge, that seems to be completely lacking.

Overall I give it three stars for the cartooning and it is an interesting book to have in my collection, but as a piece of literature, I have to say no. I would not recommend this to anyone who is getting into comic and graphic novels as something that they need to read or have in their collection. If you can pick it up cheap, go for it, but don't waste too much cash on this.
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I had to buy this book for an english class in college for some reason... The book store wouldn't buy it back from me afterwards, so I got stuck with this terrible comic book that makes no sense, is poorly written and poorly illustrated.
If the pages weren't glossy it would probably make good material for starting a fire, but other than that, there really is no reason to even glance at this thing unless you feel like giving up IQ points and time you'll never get back.
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