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Image Month: Skullkickers #13

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Image Month: Skullkickers #13

Credits

  • Words: Jim Zubkavich
  • Art: Edwin Huang
  • Colors: Misty Coats
  • Publisher: Image Comics
  • Price: $3.50
  • Release Date: Apr 4, 2012

Lady pirates, stowaways, and a food fight a motherload of a story arc.

Three unlikely partners –– a six shooter, a dwarf, and an elven assassin named Kusia –– are caught trespassing on a pirate ship helmed by a crew of women in this action-and-laugh-packed first installment of a new Skullkickers story arc.

After an immensely comic food fight, Cap’n Cherry of the aptly named Mermaid’s Bottom decides to keep the three picaroons aboard instead of keelhauling them. All things are grog blossomed by drink and song until our hairless hero meanders off in search of another round and discovers a hatched thool egg in the ship’s cargo hold and chaos ensues.

With this premiere issue of “Six Shooter of the Seven Seas,” writer Jim Zub and artist Edwin Huang cast their nets on a story teeming with mysticism, laughs, and wonder at every turn of the page. The dialogue harkens back to times of yore while Huang’s modern, almost anime artwork sets the mood for this tale that will ultimately unravel the mystery of the secret six shooter. The end of Skullkickers #13 also reminds me of the subtle tension that is built up during Ridley Scott’s Alien films once you realize that something has hatched and will terrorize everyone on onboard the ship.

The only thing I didn’t quite care for was the prologue during the first two pages, which serves a good purpose –– to orient us to what happened in earlier issues of this creator-owned comic series –– but I would have preferred getting right into the action. If “Six Shooter of the Seven Seas, Part One” gives you some sea legs and you need to play catch up, you can always pick up Skullkickers Treasure Trove, a new hardcover collection of the first two volumes, in stores the same day.

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