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11/16/2004 Archived Entry: "Comic Review: Bighead"

by Jeffrey Brown
Top Shelf Productions

Review by Tom Good

Bighead is a spoof of costumed superhero comics, and as such it reminds me of Flaming Carrot (an old favorite of mine that had one of the best covers ever) and The Tick. But Bighead has a more down-to-earth feel than either of those comics. Bighead himself is a superhero without superpowers, but he does have an awfully big head. He inhabits a world where, luckily for him, most of the super-villains have powers like being distractingly good-looking ("The Temptationress"), or having a claw for a hand ("Crabby").

Bighead neatly parodies comic gimmicks by having an Issue 0, a Wedding Issue with "multiple collectible covers," a Spanish-language issue, and even a "Worthless Collector's Quadruple Print Second Issue!" Aspiring artists can consult the How To Draw Bighead section and the rough sketches in the back. The book is full of grin-inducing details, from the name of Bighead's love interest, Rebessica, to the villain who cackles, "nothing will stop us from distributing these bootleg compact discs of today's hottest selling contemporary performers!" If there were an award for being hilariously awkward, Bighead would win it. Recommended.

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