Since re-submerging myself in comics a year ago, I’ve found myself drawn inexorably towards independent comics.  Perhaps it’s my general disillusionment with mainstream superhero comics (that I’m clearly overcoming with how many DC and Marvel titles I now read) that drove me away from my old childhood standbys of the X-Men, Spider-Man, and the Justice League. Or perhaps it’s the quirky characters, unique stories, and new perspectives that the independent comic scene brings to the table that drew me to where I am now and tied me down in a chair.

Unfortunately, as much as I love a lot of independent comics series, there is just as much if not more of a sifting-through process than mainstream comics.  Sometimes a comics quirkiness/uniqueness is just the thing to put you off as well.  It could be well written and beautifully illustrated, but something about it just makes you go, “eehhhhh.” I honestly can’t put a number on the amount of comics that have fallen into this category.  That aside, let me make one thing perfectly clear:

Knuckleheads is some of the most fun I’ve had with a comic recently.

Knuckleheads_panel_1Written by Brian Winkeler, Knuckleheads tells the story of Trevor K. Trevinski, a hero. Armed with a cosmic crystal knuckle duster, he seems to have an ever evolving powerset, his base powers being the control of electricity or enhancing the objects he holds with cosmic abilities; in one instance, he powers up a wii-mote and uses it to hurl objects at his foe. Content to stay home and use his powers to beat video games, Trevor is motivated by his roommate Lance Powers, a giant monster, and pizza, and must use his newly acquired powers to save the city.

With artwork by Robert Wilson IV and Jordan Boyd, Knuckleheads has a fairly distinctive look.  Lines are thick and weighty and certain aspects of characters faces feel inspired by a manga-type-style.  Characters faces and postures are expressive, but every so often I come across a strange expression that weirds me out (unintentionally, to be clear), similar to when a camera captures someone mid-sneeze.  Colors are vibrant and capture the essence of scenes very well, the first sequence in Trevor and Lance’s apartment running through the entire spectrum of colors as well as a few differently lit scenarios.

Knuckleheads_panel_2The series has reached it’s third issue and with that a break in the first arc of the story, but more is yet to come. With the issues being shorter in length than your average comic issue (14-17), I found myself wanting a bit more that just wasn’t there. Whether that’s due to the story being thrown forward into upcoming issues or each individual issue feeling like it should be more full, I have yet to see.  And while Knuckleheads seems to be your typical unlikely hero story at the outset, the character dynamic and dialogue between Trevor, Lance and the pizza guy (yes, the pizza guy) bring so much more to the party.

New takes on old stories is what keeps me coming back not only to independent comics, but to this medium as a whole.  With so many opportunities to tell unique and interesting stories, it’s hard to discount a story like this. And while I have my small complaints about this series (or any series really), Knuckleheads is a fun and solid read, and I look forward to more from these guys.

Knuckleheads can be purchased on Comixology (for only .99¢ an issue!)

Overall Score
80 %

ART 75%

About The Author

Long time fan of comic books, video games, and movies. Zander is often no where to be found because he's marathoning movies and tv shows or playing video games till all hours of the night as most disillusioned twenty-somethings are wont to do. Polar opposites are the game: action/comedies and dramas, FPS games and turn-based strategy, science fiction and historical fiction. Why pick one thing when there are so many good things?

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