Challenge 2: Day 111: Amerikarate #1 (2017)

COMIC TITLE: Amerikarate #1 (2017)
Devin Roth– Artist
Corey Kalman & Brockton McKinney–Writers
March 1, 2017
Action Lab/Danger Zone

Amerikarate_1-PREVIEW-1-COVER-BLast year, I took a road trip with some friends to Orlando, Florida to attend WWE’s WrestleMania 33. While in Orlando, I decided to check out a comic book shop in Orlando and when I was there I came across a comic book that peaked my interest. First of all the name of the comic book was Amerikarate and that alone should have spiked some interest. The second reason it spiked my interest because the cover was a parody of Footloose with this very large specimen looking like Kevin Bacon. So for today’s comic book, I have issue one which was written by Corey Kalman and Brockton McKinney (Gingerdead Man) while it was illustrated by Devin Roth (Bob’s Burgers). The book follows Sam Kickwell who at one time may have been the best fighter around until one unfaithful day when Ninjas took his brothers appendages away. That is when he decided to hang it all up and go on a journey with his arm and legless brother Rick. One day, they find themselves in Baconville which unbeknownst to them has outlawed all Martial Arts. What is Sam going to do when a threat arrives in town and tries to ruin his day?

386b2d85f02f0a3c25887c9cef1bb418._SX1280_QL80_TTD_This is another comic book that I am going to say is for mature audiences only due to some sexual content. If I was doing a cheeseball cinema for comic books, this would be one of the titles that I would review for it because this is awesomely cheesy. This comic book is cheesy 1980’s action/martial arts movies 101 and it follows the formula to a T. You have your war veteran who is just trying to get by going town by town who wanders into a town who outlaws Martial Arts. This sounds like a mashup of Rambo and Footloose in one comic and I love it. It’s actually a very fun comic to read that has the action, broken appendages, and even the sex scene after a sad story is told. Even some of the dialogue that is exchanged in the comic is campy, but in a good way. I even think the artwork definitely matches the overall vibe and mood of the comic book. Everything about it just works and you have to have a sense of humor for this one. The reason why I am finally getting to read this now is that I thought I lost it when I got back home until I found it recently. I can’t wait for issue two, but for now check out my grades below:


Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+


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