Famous Fighters #1 by Matt Smith & Tom Pappalardo
God bless Matt and Tom, and I mean that as nothing but completely sincere. So many people who do comics are happiest when itâ€™s one big chaotic fight scene, so they decided to take most of the story out of it and weâ€™re left with one big pile of fights. Which, if youâ€™re feeling particularly cerebral today, might not be your thing, and more power to you. I rarely if ever sample the first page of a book, and thatâ€™s all I needed to know I was going to like this one. Barbarian Lord is a character whoâ€™s confined to single page stories, usually ending in decapitations, and always ending in a poem. Nothing but fun to be had there, and these are sprinkled throughout the book. Thereâ€™s a Pong contest between a man and Satan, done entirely in verse. You also have Eclipso (a fat-headed kid who kills flowers), a zombie metal band and an extended kung-fu parody, also hilarious if youâ€™ve seen more than one kung-fu movie in your life. Really, thereâ€™s not a single thing here to complain about. Tom (between this and the issue listed above) looks to me to be a giant among comics men, assuming he has more like these last two in him, and Matt was able to do plenty of this issue in verse (which I usually hate) and make it a wonderful thing to behold. Buy it and laugh, as there are few enough things around thatâ€™ll allow you to do that without trying to teach you some sort of a message. None of that nonsense here, just an awful lot of decapitations!