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Megaskull

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Megaskull

Credits

  • Words: Kyle Platts
  • Art: Kyle Platts
  • Publisher: Nobrow Press
  • Price: £8.50
  • Release Date: Sep 12, 2012

Satire, parody, and pure gross-out comedy in one morbidly amusing package.

Welcome to the strange realms of Megaskull, part of Nobrow’s Serial Box imprint, wherein creator Kyle Platts presents something of a sequential art sketch show. This darkly humorous anthology introduces us to a cast of eerie, oddball characters in a series of rapid fire comic strips that combine satire, parody, and pure gross-out comedy in one morbidly amusing package.

Megaskull is a curious mix of influences. There’s a definite feel of a kind of synthesis of DC Thomson or IPC-style weekly British comics with a distinctly underground comix vibe. Indeed, characters like the Brain Pilots – miniature technical staff controlling the daily functions of their host human –  owe an obvious debt to The Beezer’s The Numskulls, but with an ostentatiously adult twist.

Other features send up pop cultural mainstays. Super Space Mega Talent, for example, transports Britain’s Got Talent to a bizarre alien environment, and Paul the Pickup Truck lampoons all those anthropomorphised vehicular characters, so beloved by children, with a biting wit. Platts also plays on the borders of social commentary in strips like Deep Space Job Centre and Space Crack. And if you’re just looking for something unashamedly ridiculous that positively wallows in the preposterous then look no further than the very funny Insane Hamster Deaths.

It’s humour, admittedly, that eschews sophistication and, occasionally, some of the strips tail off without any noticeable punchline. However, when it hits the mark there’s something very appealing about Megaskull. Who could fail to laugh at the student-style silliness of creations like Stinky-Eyes McGee with his malodorous ocular organs or the pimple-bursting antics of The Great Unreachable for example?

    

Platts’s visuals are full of mischievous energy and an impish, knowing glee. The colouring throughout Megaskull is flamboyantly, almost boastfully, vibrant. But it’s those same garish, in-yer-face hues that add to the childlike absurdity that the book revels in.

Megaskull is like the graphic novel equivalent of a small child pushing its boundaries and screaming out naughty words. You know you should remain stoically impassive to its defiant cacophony of self-indulgent disobedience but somehow you just can’t help that smirk that you feel forming at the corners of your mouth. Another memorable entry to the ever eclectic Nobrow back catalogue.

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  • Bart Croonenborghs

    Bart Croonenborghs Oct 17, 2012 at 4:52am

    Aaaahhh Nobrow... will you ever stop emtying my wallet?

  • Andy Oliver

    Andy Oliver Oct 24, 2012 at 4:52pm

    Wait until you see DOCKWOOD. Gorgeous!

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