More Martial Arts fun? with AMERIKARATE #2 Review
Publisher: Action Lab Entertainment
Writers: Corey Kalman, Brockton McKinney
Art: Devin Roth
I chuckled immediately when I first saw Amerikarate. I knew that upon cracking this book open I would be hit with some slapstick humor and I was dead on. Set in a cutthroat world where Martial Arts are illegal and the United States is no more, Loner Sam wanders the land using his passion of Karate to fight for Justice and the American way. Chock full of blistering B-movie action and questionable plot-lines, Amerikarate will be a great pickup…if it’s free comic book day.
The story if you can call it that is just a mash-up of every cliche from the Martial Arts movie genre of the late 80’s early 90’s, right down to the training montage music. The dialogue is random at best with cheesy one-liners and menacing threats throughout the issue. I totally understand the humor, I was able to muster a few laughs but it mostly comes across as unoriginal and over the top. With two writers at the helm its disappointing there wasn’t a better output story-wise. The art of Amerikarate didn’t fair much better. It looks like a blending of Family guy and Regular Show with the main Character Sam appearing to be a blatant ripoff of Brock Samson (aka a good example of Parody). The only redeeming quality of this title were the fight scenes. Just like in a vast majority bad 90’s martial arts flicks once the actors closed their mouths and put up their dukes it was pretty good.
I get that there’s different kinds of humor, but in this day and age being funny just for the sake of being funny just doesn’t cut it. Just picking bits and pieces of things that make you laugh and smashing them together and hoping it works usually doesn’t. With a multitude of titles that are legitimately funny out there Action Lab Entertainment will really need to step up it’s training regimen if it wants to Rumble with the big boys.