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Cosmic Treadmill: ‘THE KNUCKLEHEADS’ (comic review)

Bill & Ted. Jay & Silent Bob. Han & Chewie. Monkeybrain & ComiXology.

True friendships are golden through and through. Trevor K. Trevinski and Lance Powers are roommates who do normal roommate things like watch Cake Boss marathons on Netflix, play video games and eat pizza.

The difference from most of us is, aliens have bestowed a crystal fist to Trevor, allowing him the power cosmic to cheat on GTA: 5 and maybe even fight some bad guys.

The latest digital comic series from Monkeybrain has been released on ComiXology and we’ve taken a look on this Cosmic Treadmill.

Writer: Brian Winkeler
Artist: Robert Wilson IV
Colors: Jordan Boyd
Letters: Thomas Maurer
Imprint: Monkeybrain
Pages per issue: 17
Issue #3 Digital Release Date: August 28, 2013
Age Rating: 15+ Only

We’re finally here, when the digital comic can get its due.

We’ve been reviewing ComiXology Submit titles and when appropriate also digital titles from the Big Two. With so many people reading on their devices these days (including the PC or laptop computer, with ComiXology in a browser) the market has changed from fearing the digital format in the post-iPad world in only a couple of years. ComiXology itself, along with Amazon has encouraged and allowed creators to submit works to the platform.

Smart, forward thinking imprints like Chris Roberson and Allison Baker’s Monkeybrain Comics as well as Mark Waid’s Thrillbent have also provided a home and for these great digital comics from known and unknown creators, forging the way in the digital space for an almost Image Comics-esque revolution.

Knuckleheads is a book taking great comic book tropes and an action packed buddy comedy superhero romp. Trevor takes on the pizza delivery man, his best pal of a roommate, the hot girl and a giant dog monster all in the first three issues.

The setup is that socks with sandal wearing Trevor likes his Wiimote, so much so that he can barely put it down after hearing about the Cloverfield-esque monster outside. A few weeks ago, aliens bestowed upon him a crystalline brass knuckle with cosmic powers. Why they chose this particular Millennial has yet to be revealed, but it is likely not nobility based like Abin Sur’s quest to give the ring to Green Lantern of Earth Hal Jordan.

Trevor’s best bud and roommate actually has the superhero name, but no powers to speak of, Lance Powers. Lance lives up to his wise cracking collegiate jock nature in some funny moments in the series so far, especially after teaming up with Pizza Guy (who nearly had to deliver his pizza to the boys for free—Cloverfield monster not withstanding).

Making their way outside eventually to deal with the Cloverfield monster which is part dinosaur, part Godzilla, and all alien monster dog is where the real fun begins. Trevor makes a major discovery about his powers as the team goes about defeating the monster, henceforth saving the city, the day, the damsel, the bricks being smashed to the ground and possibly saving the Pizza Guy’s job. Will Pizza Guy have a place to work next ish? Can Trevor actually talk to a girl, or should he even try while he’s wearing a bathrobe? Will Lance get cited for doping or just being a dope? You will have to find out by subscribing to Knuckleheads on ComiXology.

Originally released as one black and white issue for conventions in 2010, the real deal issues are worth ten times the $.99 cent an issue price point. For fans of Guy Gardner, Phonogram, Chew and Simon Pegg’s Spaced these Knuckleheads are off to a solid and hilarious start. Letter columns are forgone for creative notes in the first two issues, where Robert talks about his cover process and his redraw of issue #1. Issue #3 gives us some fan reactions to the series and an invite for more feedback. All issues have pinups of the Knuckleheads from such luminaries as Dan McDaid (Jersey Gods), C.S. Jennings (The Incredible Rockhead) and Chris Giarrusso (G-Man).

Support your local Knuckleheads today!

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