Title: Mars Attacks #1
Words: Kyle Starks
Art: Chris Schweizer
Published: October 24, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: Spencer hasn’t finished a dang thing in his life. So, when he goes to visit his dad to see if maybe he can borrow some money, the last thing on his mind is global survival. Now Spencer and his father are on the run, trying to avoid being spaceray’d by a bunch of destruction happy Martians, heck bent on zapping them dead!Writer Kyle Starks (Rick and Morty, Rock Candy Mountain) and artist Chris Schweizer (The Creeps, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl) bring you the face melting experience of a lifetime with Mars Attacks for the first time at Dynamite!
“This place sucks, Spencer. Every corner of it smells like dust and death and anyone young enough their buttholes still work right talks to me like I’m a child.”
When martians attack, the shit hits the fan and it hits hard and fast, and in no time at all, things get real messy. Thankfully, slacker Spencer has his hardened, but elderly, father to help him survive what appears to be the alien-apocalypse that no one saw coming.
The issue begins with some laugh-inspiring wit that immediately sets the tone and pacing of the book, and the more I read, the more I laughed. Kyle Starks’ script is hilarious and well-paced and makes for an extremely entertaining reading experience.
Artist Chris Schweizer’s light and loose style teams with Starks’ witty script to further cement the book’s tone and feel in the minds of readers. Despite being light on detail, Schweizer’s are expressive and filled with emotion. Reading through Mars Attacks #1 was similar to watching an animated feature thanks to a combination of Starks’ pacing and Schweizer’s cartoon-like style.
Sure, the planet is being destroyed, but gotdamn Shirley Watson is a bingo-cheater and wins every week. Starks’ Mars Attacks is much more than an us versus them survival story, it’s a well-crafted piece of pop-culture that’s as quotable as it is entertaining. The series is off to a great start; you can bet that I’m looking forward to reading next issue.
The Bottom Line:
Much more than a witty, us versus them survival story, Mars Attacks is a hilarious tale filled with believable characters and some highly-quotable one-liners. This issue exceeds expectations.