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SuperF*ckers (SuperF*ckers 1) (Super F*ckers) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2010/4/13
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Foul-mouthed, filthy-minded, and completely oblivious, these young "heroes" do everything BUT fight crime — they’re too busy getting high, hazing the new kids, playing video games, scheming to be team leader, and designing new costumes. SuperF*ckers collects all four fan-favorite issues of Kochalka's over-the-top series, plus the all-new Jack Krak one-shot!
JAMES KOCHALKA is, without question, one of the most unique and prolific alternative cartoonists working in America today. His comics have been published internationally by almost every alternative comics publisher; he's recorded several music albums under the name James Kochalka Superstar (making him a favorite at college radio stations across the country); and he's developed animated cartoons for Nickelodeon and Cartoon Hangover.
He is the first official Cartoonist Laureate of the state of Vermont, appointed in 2011.
Among his best known works are the Monkey vs Robot series, the superpowered frathouse comedy SuperF*ckers, the beloved children's series Johnny Boo, Dragon Puncher, and Glorkian Warrior, and his magnum opus, the 14-year span of daily diary comics known as American Elf.
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. Body shapes are simple with an elastic, Play-Doh-like appearance. His backgrounds are equally simple and he occasionally uses photographs (taken in the field behind his house) to spice things up.
In case the title isn't a tipoff, this book is for adults only. Nudity, drug use, graphic violence, and foul language are all prevalent in copious quantities. But it's all in fun, so adults who aren't afraid of a little crude humor should get a kick out of this superpowered bunch.
-- Snow Wildsmith
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.