Jim Zubkavich writes stories I shouldn’t like. I’m nowhere near to being his target audience. As a rule, I don’t play video games or laugh at jokes involving slapstick or bodily functions. I’m middle-aged. I’m female. I’m couth.
And yet I do like the stories Jim Zubkavich writes. His stories are smart. They’re witty. And he writes with a respect both for the genre in which he’s working and for the intelligence of his readers. Last time out he took a licensed video game character and turned her story into a convincing shojo-like school girl adventure (Street Fighter Legends: Ibuki). This time he’s tackling the Sword & Sorcery genre, complete with goblins, assassins, and evil warlocks, and he’s doing it with his sense of the ridiculous fully engaged.
Two unnamed mercenaries, one a tall, bald, pokerfaced strong man, the other a long-haired dwarf with a nigh-Scottish brogue, roam from town to town killing monsters for profit….
Skullkickers, vol 1: 1000 Opas and a Dead Body
Story by Jim Zubkavich; Illustrations by Edwin Huang
Image; March 2011