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Big Max Comics

Posted: Thursday, April 6, 2006
By: Michael Bailey

"Mime Over Matter"

Writer: Dan Slott
Artists: James W. Fry (p), Andrew Pepoy (i)

Publisher: Mr. Comics

Plot: After a battle with Knock Knock, the super ape known as Big Max and his sidekick, Shakes, take on a mime who can make the objects he is pretending to hold become tangible.

Commentary: Yeah I said .

What, you want to disagree with me on this? Go ahead. It won't matter. I loved this book. It had a giant, talking ape. What's not to love?

Actually there was more to like about this comic than a protagonist that is a giant simian who flies and fights bad guys. It was a fun read. Dan Slott has crafted a neat little comic full of over-the-top action, in-jokes, fantastic dialogue and mindless fighting.

This particular issue had a nice Silver Age vibe to it. Slott has obviously put a lot of thought into his villains and characters. His hero, Big Max, is likable character with a lineage and one of the best secret identities ever. Shakes, his sidekick, is equally likable and his hiding place when he's not out with Max was a hoot.

Slott covered all of the bases as far as the trappings of old school super-hero comics. He has a supposed girlfriend, a J. Jonah Jameson type newspaper editor who hates him, a mentor and some wacky, theme based villains. Knock Knock was a real treat. Slott also showed some real creativity with the other villain, a mime with the ability to make the objects he pretends to touch tangible but invisible. Comedy is not an easy thing to pull off, but Slott seems to have a good handle on how to make his characters and dialogue humorous without being silly.

Then there was his weakness; Darwinium. Darwinium created by the arch-foe Dr. Galapagos. Apparently, I'm not the only one who watches the Discovery Channel. The fact that it reduces Max's intelligence and increases Shakes' was a nice touch. Not as cool as the way the Mime was defeated, but cool nonetheless.

In The End: Never underestimate the power of a monkey on a comic book cover. During the sixties it was like printing money apparently. Seriously, though, this is a really fun comic. Dan Slott has created a somewhat absurd but affable hero surrounded by a world full of crazy. This is a really solid comic with humor and a boat load of action. James Fry and Andrew Pepoy's art makes the whole thing go down smooth and while their style is cartoony, it also has a lot of detail and power to it. If you're a fan of over-the-top super-hero fun or big gorillas then this is definitely the comic for you.

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