Being a cynic I was looking forward to seeing if the second issue of Skullkickers was going to be a pale rehash of the fun first issue.
Even a cynic likes to be wrong and thankfully I was. Kicking off (sorry) with an action packed scene with our two protagonists fighting a large troll-type monster and some other unsavoury sorts. The dwarf and his hulking companion after sorting their troll trouble head on the road and quickly get caught up in some new misadventure. One with a more eastern vibe and a nice touch is the change in colours this issue. It really does make for a visually appealing read.
Violent, bloody and always with some sort of sly humour Skullkickers #2 keeps the pace is breakneck and the fun forthcoming.
The plot isn’t as deep as I’d like but the situations and the introduction of new characters and creatures for our duo to kill, keep things moving in a satisfying way and still worth reading. I get the feeling that the characters are more about the killing and destroying than the discovering and adventuring. The dwarf and the big guy are having an adventurous time but only by getting swept up in events that are not in their control.
It may seem that I’m not as enthusiastic about this fine series but I’m not it still is a good rollicking rolling read I’m just a fan of grandiose world building. Skullkickers is setting up it’s fun little world which will grow to be a large varied sandbox for our heroes to dismember and incinerate any monsters that lurk in it but the focus is on inventively and explicitly killing things and people. I’m having grand time reading about this but my “kick” (sorry again) is in epic worlds and the sense of wonder they can bring.
The writing is to the point and humorous and the art is always bright, colourful and clean. Well worth putting on a standing order as I think Skullkickers is only getting started and there’s plenty of killing and looting to be done yet.