Remember that really cool issue of GI Joe that was all silent back in the day? The one where Snake Eyes sneaks into a Cobra headquarters to rescue Scarlett and he has to fight Storm Shadow along the way? Yep. That one. It was an amazing issue and I remember as a kid thinking that it was one of the coolest things I had seen in comics. Well, Clown Fight! is the indie comics, comedy, silly, slap-stick, balderdash version of that. It’s pure, silent genius.
The only way this review could truly do Clown Fight! any kind of justice would be if I were to just post the entire comic here and let you read the panels yourself. But I can’t do it. They won’t let me. Cause they want you to buy the comic and I highly recommend that you do. If you like silly but super smart comic books, this is the one for you.
I guess that’s the other thing about this book that drives me crackers in a clown car – it’s really well-crafted. I’m a stickler for books that are just put together well. This book has it all. The art is spectacular – it has to be – the book is silent, there are no thought balloons, no word bubbles – only noise and the amazing, emotional rendering and storytelling by Ger Curti. Great stuff. And it’s written well by Rob Harrington too. It has to be – there is nothing said, just emoted. And the action from sequence to sequence, panel to panel had to be meticulously mapped out.
Look – I rarely “re-read” books more than once and certainly not several times back to back or even within the same month or year. I’ve read this book several times today. Yeah, it’s “easy” to read it cause it’s silent. No – I see something new each time I read this book. It’s really good stuff – just go buy it and lear for yourself.