Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Classics - Parts Unknown #1

   There are comics that seek to educate, to tackle vital social issues and enlighten the reader.

   This is not one of those books.

   Instead, Parts Unknown was created to be the equivalent of a "B"-movie, the kind that you'd see on a Friday night at the drive-in theaters of my youth.

   It's raw, crude, violent... and a heck of a lot of fun!

   Created by writer Beau Smith and artists Brad Gorby and Randy Clark in 1992, the series featured two police detectives - the beautiful (and tough as nails) Maria Lucci and the rough-and-tumble Spurr.

   Their careers take an unexpected turn when they stumble onto the strangest kidnapping ring ever - a group of murderous lizard-like aliens planning to conquer the Earth for two reasons - one, to reap organs (and skin) from humans - and two, they want to (how shall I put this?) have their way with all the world's women.

   So you can expect lots of death and destruction, women in distress (or barely staying in dis dress), and lots of fun dialogue.

   Politically correct it ain't, but it is - assuming you're a fan of this kind of rude, rambling and raucous adventure (and who isn't?) - a heck of a lot of fun!

   (And why in the world the SyFy Channel hasn't made this into a movie by now, I have no clue. Sharknado has nothing on the mayhem in this series!)

Grade: A-



Anonymous said...

We had a blast doing this series and the other Parts Unknown series that followed at Image Comics and Afterburn. Fun, over the top science fiction at it's best..or worst, depending on your opinion. I hope folks enjoy it in the vein it was meant to be read.

Beau Smith
The Flying Fist Ranch

Kevin Findley said...

May I suggest Beau's Cobb: Off The Leash for the next classic comic review?

One of the few books manlier than Parts Unknown.

Chuck said...

Beau, I think the fun you guys were having shines through!

Kevin, excellent suggestion - we do take requests at Chuck's Comic of the Day! I'll put "Cobb" on the list.