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Super F*ckers Paperback – April 13, 2010
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.