80s Nostalgia Lives on in AmeriKarate

first_img ‘Marvels’ Expands Marvel’s Podcast UniverseDamon Lindelof Starts Beef With Alan Moore Ahead of HBO’s ‘Watch… Stay on target I have been trying to figure out how to describe AmeriKarate to people ever since reading the first issue, and I think it has to fall somewhere between Footloose (of which AmeriKarate is dangerously aware) and Regular Show. With the Regular Show cartoon and comic ending, there has been a very niche void in my life. The show had this weird, goofball thing going for it that made it feel very genuine. The series especially had an affinity for the 1980’s, a decade which just recently has become old enough to have a nostalgia for.  However, as much as I miss it, AmeriKarate #1 by Corey Kalman, Brockton McKinney, and Devin Roth has jump kicked its way into my heart.via Action Lab – Danger ZoneAmeriKarate #1(W) Brockton McKinney, Corey Kalman (A) Devin Roth Sam Kickwell was the best of the best–until a terrible karate accident involving his brother and ninjas convinced him to hang up his black belt. Now he and his appendage-less sibling have moved to a town that has outlawed martial arts; a place they can finally be at peace—until the fateful day his enemies arrive, forcing him back into the only life he’s ever known: Karate fighting for America.The first issue, written by Corey Kalman and Brockton McKinney, with art by Devin Roth, is published by the Danger Zone imprint of Action Lab Entertainment. Danger Zone is the more adult humor, NSFW side of Action Lab’s output, a line in the vein of Icon from Marvel or even Vertigo from DC. When I say that AmeriKarate is more adult-skewing, I don’t want to undercut just how enjoyable this book is. The 80’s sensibilities are cranked all the way up, with the main character, Sam Kickwell, coming across as someone along the likes of James Dalton from the movie RoadHouse, and Brock Sampson from Venture Brothers. While it may seem that I am comparing AmeriKarate to too many things, the book is completely aware of everything that it is referencing, with one of the variant covers being a recreation of the Footloose poster. Despite how it feels like an extension of Regular Show‘s place in pop culture, the sense of humor is more of a solid throwback to more absurd cartoons, such as Dexter’s Lab, or Ren & Stimpy,via Action Lab – Danger ZoneTons of martial arts, ridiculous plot points, and even more ridiculous characters help to make the very animated world of AmeriKarate come to life. The art, by Bob’s Burgers‘ designer Devin Roth, reminds me more of the Cartoon Network series Clarence than anything, with absurd proportions and saturated colors that help give the book a feel unlike anything else. The colors are a real powerhouse on this book, with lots of bright colors contrasted well to really keep your eye glued to the page. Absolutely insane, and a ton of mindless fun, AmeriKarate is a book that is downright enjoyable. Some of the characters fall flat, and no one seems to have much of an agenda beyond the lead, Sam, but this isn’t a bad thing. There might not necessarily be much to it, but it has so much charm that you don’t notice. AmeriKarate #1 is available tomorrow, March 1st, in stores and online at Comixology.com from Action Lab Entertainment.last_img read more