Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Strange Kids Club: Anthology #1 Review

I need to preface this review by stating that I am a newbie to the world of the Strange Kids Club.  Knowing my background as a huge comic book fan, Geof forwarded the Strange Kids Club Anthology my way to see if I shared his affection for it.  Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed following the adventures of everyone’s favorite pupil-less animated character.

This collection of shorts, ranging between amusing and somewhat disturbing, is a fantastic read for someone looking to escape the story arcs and ongoing character development that prevents so many of us from diving into (or back into) a series that’s well past its 500th issue.  In other words, it’s just flat out fun.  The scenes range anywhere between a wrestling ring to a living room on Christmas Eve, while passing through a bizzaro squirrel universe (which took me to the all-too-familiar thought of “wait a second, did that girl’s face just explode?!”), and taking a slight pause to interview Brent Engstrom of Mad Magazine and Garbage Pail Kids fame (who also contributed an absolutely awesome Strange Kid splash page).

The Engstrom Boys, or as I refer to it as: Best. Family. Picture. Ever.

There were too many fun spots to name individually, like feminizing He-Man or using Taco Bell to fight back against bullies, but if you’re not drawn in by the time you see the first decapitation…well, just keep reading anyway because if you don’t, it’s my understanding that a demon-Santa, not to be confused with everyone’s favorite "Creeper Santa", will eat your children.

I highly recommend the SKC Anthology for anyone who wants to check out of reality, grab a beer (homebrew, if you’re anything like me – more on this hobby in further posts), and just enjoy seeing a wide variety of decapitations and exploding faces.  Check out the SKC site if you’d like to purchase.  I’ve been told that there will be a follow up around Halloween (awesome), so keep an eye out for that as well.  

I’m not going to infringe of Geof’s copyright on the Creeper Santa rating system, so until I come up with one of my own, SKC Anthology #1 earns an unprecedented 9 decapitations.

Chad is a part-time blogger, full-time dabbler in all things awesome.  He's a home-brewing, comic book reading, professional hang-gliding instructor, who may or may not have made one of those last things up.  He has always had a problem with procrastination and swears actually grow up someday...when he gets around to it.


Strange Kid said...

LOL. Thanks for the awesome review, Chad! May the many blessings of radioactive dung beetles rain down upon you kind sir. :D

Geof said...

Of course Chad wrote something nice. The check cleared. J/K it really was a cool read and we are both looking forward to the Halloween edition.

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