The Skullkickers are back in the second
issue of the new series from Image, and it's once again filled with
monsters, mayhem, jokes and violence. I wasn't all too keen on the
first issue, mainly due to issues with formulaic characters and a
less than interesting story. Luckily, I can probably say that the
series seems to be moving forward, and coming together as a
narrative. Not by a whole lot, but it's a step forward.
opens in a similar fashion as the debut issue, with our pair of
protagonists putting the hurt on some baddies. Again, the humor is
back in full force, and the writing is certainly a bit more solid
this time around. You aren't going to be rolling on the floor
laughing, but you'll probably chuckle a few more times than before.
The issue is pretty short, coming in at just 22
pages, but at the very least the pacing is great. It's quite a fun
little romp, with plenty of action and humor stuffed into the brief
package. Fighting goblins, cannibalism humor, and a promising
cliffhanger, Skullkickers is brief but doesn't waste time.
Regardless, it does feel a little bit on lean side, and I don't mean
that in a good way. For three bucks, I don't think it's unfair to
expect a little more material. Heck, you could probably finish it in
line for the cash register.
The art credits are still passable, nothing that
took my breath away sure, but it's a solid complement to the
writing. If you enjoyed the first issue, then I think you'll have
plenty of fun with the second. If you weren't so hot on the debut,
and are expecting a dramatic shift in tone and complexity, you're
barking up the wrong tree.