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PVP (2003 Series) #9

October 8, 2004

Quick Rating: Good

Skull winds up in a science lab – can Brent and Cole spring him?

Writer: Scott Kurtz
Art: Scott Kurtz
Letters: Scott Kurtz
Cover Art: Scott Kurtz
Publisher: Image Comics

When Skull the troll comes down with a tummyache (he ate a whole box of urinal cakes), Brent Sienna takes him in for some medical attention. Mistaking Skull for a gorilla, though, the doctor sends him to a research laboratory and Brent to prison.

This latest collection of Scott Kurtz’s wickedly funny online comic strip isn’t quiet as sharp as the usual fare. PVP really has two kinds of stories they tell: satires of society and pop culture or silly situation comedies. This is one of the latter, and while it’s still funny, it’s not quite as funny as the more satirical stuff.

As always, the book includes two more stories, and these are both stronger than the cover. In the second segment, slackers Robbie and Jase are horrified to learn that Francis has never seen the movie “Animal House,” and decide to indoctrinate him in the ways of the frat boy. They have several attacks in mind, from stupid attempts at hazing to a panty raid gone horribly, horrible wrong. The result is considerably funny than the first storyline. Kurtz finishes off the book with a few quickies about a sleeping Skull imagining himself as various superheroes. Funny for a comic fan – probably not so much if you’re not.

As usual, the artwork on this issue is pretty good. The characters may not be the most detailed in all of comic books, but the designs are clever and amusing. It’s particularly fun to see Skull and the crew dressed like Green Lantern, Superman or the Fantastic Four.

While it may not be the sharpest issue of PVP to date, it’s still an amusing one, and fans will walk away with a smile on their faces.

Rating: 7/10

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