Tuesday, August 14, 2012

American Barbarian by Tom Scioli YP FIC SCIOLI

In the future wasteland of America, the sword rules.  Two Tank Omen, a future pharaoh with tanks for feet and his army of cyborgs, dinosaurs, mutants, and madmen plan to rule all.  Meric Lionheart, last of a slaughtered family of knights, carves R-E-V-E-N-G-E on his hands and takes the legendary Star Sword to revenge his family and save America.

This is a beautiful and strange love letter to Jack “The King” Kirby.  Jack Kirby co-created Captain America, Avengers, Iron Man, Fantastic Four, x-men, The Hulk, and many more.  The art in American Barbarian is a spot on tribute to Kirby’s art style, so it will seem sort of outdated to some more modern readers.  HOWEVER! The supremely over the top action and character design should more than make up for it.  The book reads like what a over-imaginative teen from the 60s would imagine as the COOLEST COMIC EVER!!!  And in a hilariously over-the-top way, it absolutely is. The plot moves forward from one action set piece to the next and never stops rocking!  This is an absolute must read for fans of Jack Kirby and I highly recommend it any comic fans in general.

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