Knuckleheads #3 (Monkeybrain/Comixology)

Knuckleheads 3

Rating: 4/5 – The person you don’t want getting superpowers….getting them

Knuckleheads, according to writer Brian Winkeler and penciller Robert Wilson IV was inspired by Arrested Development and Peep Show, as well as Green Lantern.  It’s a weird combination, but it absolutely works.  It’s more of a humor book with some super heroics, than it is a super hero book that has humor sprinkled about.  It’s a refreshing read that at times made me laugh out loud.  The book is intentionally silly and doesn’t try to make fun of superheroes.  It’s just a story about a regular guy who get’s some special powers, and reluctantly, does the best he can with them.

Published by Monkeybrain comics, Knuckleheads number three is the conclusion to the first storyline.  The main hero of the story Trevor Trevinski has been mysteriously granted the power of the Crystal Fist by as yet unseen aliens.  Although he’d rather use these new powers to cheat on video games and steal netflix, his roommate convinces him to help save the city, and a girl, from a godzilla size monster.  Throughout the issue, Trevor is finding out that the crystal fist is granting him some great powers, including flight and energy blasts.

It’s a straightforward enough story, but the mixture of humor is what makes the book so special.  For example, issue three is narrated by Trevor’s roommate Lance.  As he brings the reader up to speed, he describes the weapon as channeling the power of “Crystal Light”, and the aliens not being familiar with our planet’s sugar-free fruit beverages.  Not only is that type of humor seen throughout the book, it also cleverly references pop culture.  And while the writing is strong, Robert Wilson IV’s art is a great match.  He’s able to make Trevor look lazy, not only in “costume”, but in facial expressions as well.  And the rest of the cast each has their own distinct look.

The only complaint I have about this book is that they do read fast.  But, considering that each issue is only .99 on Comixology, I’m not complaining too much.  Overall it’s a fun and funny series that I look forward to following.  There’s a lot more story to tell here, and I’m curious to see where it goes now that the first storyline has concluded.

Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas – Covering the full spectrum of comics culture

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