The Seven Guys of Justice #1
[False Idol Studios $2.00 US B&W]
Written by Brian Joines / Illustrated by Joshua C. Rowe
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The Seven Guys of Justice is a new ongoing super-hero parody series similar to The Tick, Lethargic Comics, etc. This issue, entitled “The Jerque Imperative Chapter 1: Superheroing for Idiots” is the origin of the Seven Guys of Justice. Lord Talon is a super-hero in Big City who likes to exercise his vocabulary as well as his muscles. Phrases like “begoggled devils” and “foul entimbered rapscallion” fall from his lips in all seriousness much to the chagrin of the villains he’s battling.
Enter millionaire and former super-hero, Nathan Explode. He wants “to bankroll a new team of heroes to protect Big City in the next millennium.” Talon handles the recruitment end of the plan and sets out to gather heroes. At the end of this issue we’ve been introduced to four of the Seven Guys of Justice-Lord Talon, Ugly Monkey, Nightie Knight and Hunter-Gatherer. They also have a nemesis in the form of Doctor Julian Jerque, a criminal genius bent on world domination.
As super-hero parody comics go, The Seven Guys of Justice #1 was entertaining. Brian Joines can write funny dialogue. The scenes with Dr. Jerque’s minions were especially good.
I do have to complain about the lettering, however. If you’re going to use computer lettering, spend a little money on a font that looks hand lettered. Bad computer lettering gives the comic a sterile and unprofessional look. I’d almost rather see bad hand lettering in a comic than bad computer lettering I hate it that much. Since this is only the first issue hopefully they’ll experiment and come up with a lettering style that works well with the rest of the comic.
Joshua C. Rowe contributes the art and while he does an okay job, it could be better. I’d like to see Rowe’s pencils because I’m willing to bet they’re good. It looks like things are breaking down in the inking stages. Inking isn’t easy and it can be especially hard to ink your own work. You can do a fantastic job in the pencil stage, then add inks and your beautiful pencils don’t look so beautiful any more. As it is, the figures are very stiff and static. Rowe also needs to work on putting more backgrounds into the story. There was far too much white space and too often characters seemed to be floating in nothingness. Backgrounds are as necessary to a good story as the characters.
If you’d like to give this title a try and can’t find it on your local comic shop’s shelves then write to False Idol Studios, 12520 SW Gem Lane #804, Beaverton, OR 97005 or visit their web site at www.7guysofjustice.com [dead link-so sad].