SUPERFUCKERS by James Kochalka

reviewed by Chris Aitkens | Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Top Shelf Productions, 144 pages, paperback, $14.95

Even though James Kochalka writes wonderful children’s books, he also has a darker, more vulgar side. Superfuckers is something parents should keep on a very high shelf, out of reach from little toddler hands and should be read behind locked doors — unless you’re single and childless, then you can read this wherever you want.

On opening the book, I see that the book starts with issue #271. I think Kochalka consciously chose to start the story in the middle of the series, to confuse the reader. Eventually, I understood that the comic is about a group of superheroes called the Superfuckers, who spend more time arguing and fighting with each other than actually fighting crime. Kochalka takes every opportunity to string together different swear words in a speech bubble, and no character is safe from being puked on, pissed on, or being horribly massacred. Members of the Superfuckers are always looking for ways to get high, like inhaling the fumes of paint chips, smoking the slime of Grotus (who’s basically a gooey blob), and making a bong out of the skull of a deceased Superfucker. With so many characters with pointless superpowers, it’s exhilarating to see what fate has planned for them. Recommended only for those who enjoy crude humor and for those who hate serious superhero comics.

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