PVP (2003 Series) #17
Quick Rating: Very Good
Like so many comic fans before them, will the lure of a great trade paperback selection be the downfall of Cole Richards and Brent Sienna?
Writer: Scott Kurtz
Art: Scott Kurtz
Cover Art: Scott Kurtz
Publisher: Image Comics
Last year Scott Kurtz took part in the nationwide 24-Hour Comic Day, an effort by hundreds of cartoonists to take up Scott McCloud’s legendary challenge to write and draw a complete 24-page comic book in 24 hours. Kurtz modified the challenge a bit – instead doing 24 comic strips in that time – and the result is one of the funniest PVP storylines yet. When Cole learns of a comic book store with the greatest selection of trade paperbacks in the state, he convinces Brent to join him on the road trip. After a series of misadventures, our heroes wind up trapped in the store and forced to face the scourge of… Nerd Thieves.
This is a pretty simple story for PVP, only using two members of our extensive cast, but loaded with comic book in-jokes that should leave everyone who’s ever dealt with an overbearing comic shop owner in stitches. This is some of Kurtz’s parody at its best, with hysterically funny dialogue and flawless comedic timing (which is something far too many comic strip creators, sadly, just don’t have). I mean, really, it’s worth the price of admission just to see Brent declare himself Iron Thor.
In our back-up story, Cole freaks out when he suspects his arch-nemesis, Max Powers, may turn in PVP magazine for using illegally pirated software. His fears only increase when he discovers exactly how much software uber-geek Francis Ray Ottoman has loaded their computer system with. As he races to get things legal, Max begins sneaking around.
This story, aside from being a great piece on Francis, also shows just how effective Max is as a passive-aggressive supervillain. Without lifting a finger, just the fear of him sends our heroes into a panic, destroying themselves far more effectively than he ever could. It’s funny, funny stuff.
I gotta tell ya, I love this comic. I read it every weekday and I even enjoy the sketches Kurtz puts up over the weekends. Every time I pick up my comic books and find a new PVP waiting for me, even if I’ve read the stories online, I know I’ll be in for a smile.