By Rob Dunlop (writer), Peter Lumby (Art), Eric Erbes (colors)
Don’t let the name fool you, Peckerwood is just the moniker for Hollywood in this parody of pop culture. Continuing the line of Tozzer featured books, Peckerwood follows the exploits of a struggling actor in a Los Angeles inspired city. With his two outrageous roommates – “Rod”, a comic book / video game nerd named and “Hornie”, a wanna be porn star – this trio finds themselves caught up in an international plot to destroy civilization as we know it. Only with the help of a cross dressing “Jack Bauer” like character can this group of misfits save the world. Did I mention they’ve only got 24 minutes to do it?
Poking fun of modern videogames like Hitman, TV shows such as 24, and Fox News, Peckerwood’s full of non-stop gags, lively characters, and wonderful art. When I say non-stop gags, I mean it. Rob Dunlop barrages the reader with pop-culture references, off-beat tangents, sarcasm, and dry humor. Reinforced by Peter Lumby’s excellent art work, the character expressions and reactions deserve a lot of credit for making the jokes pay off.
Most of the humor is hit and miss. Because most of the humor is gag-based, readers will most likely be polarized. For me, I’d say I was amused maybe 30% of the time. While the facial expressions of the characters come off effortlessly, some of the humor just seems forced. I think if Dunlop worked more on the quality of his jokes and gags rather than the quantity, I might have enjoyed myself more. But while it may not be my cup of tea, I can totally see how someone else might eat this up.
All in all, the book’s a solid effort throughout and I actually enjoyed it enough to read it all in one sitting. If you want a change of scenery from your normal comic book routine, give this book a try – it might just be up your alley. Peckerwood: 24 Minutes will be in comic shops May 27th. Look for it in the April edition of Diamond’s Previews catalog. You can also check out the first 19 pages online here. (Grade: B-)
– J. Montes
A Second Opinion
The art style reminds me of Penny Arcade (it’s up to you to decide if it’s a good or a bad thing). The story is crazy, mixing lots of pop culture references, from television, movies and video games. The Hitman parody is spot on in particular.
I laughed out loud a couple of times, but that was not enough. The book is funny, but it drags sometimes on the jokes. Even though this is the third book with the Tozzer gang, there’s no need of a lengthly “previously on” recap. I consider this comic a good read for a rainy Saturday afternoon. (Grade: C+)
PECKERWOOD: 24 MINUTES GIVEAWAY!!!
If you’ll like to be included in the giveaway, just post a comment below. We’ll ship the book a week before it supposed to be released (sometime in June).