In the Image Comics Skullkickers 10th Anniversary Super Special, our kickers enter the Academy of Serious Sorcery. Huh?

Seriously, this anniversary special kicks the antics up a notch, when the new students run afoul of everything the school holds dear.

Oh dear, Jim Zub’s (Conan the Barbarian Dungeons & Dragons) script is a ’seat of the pants’ kind of deal, with scenes getting out of hand, witty banter abounding, bright swords, and words all around. It takes us awhile to understand why on earth two guys like Rolf and Rex would venture into a Hall of Hallowed Learning, but eventually, we understand. Reasons!!

There are lessons to be learned, foul stenches to be unloaded, and plenty of battles at hand here. Artist Edwin Huang (with assists from Richy Truong, and colours by Misty Coats, letters by Marshall Dillon) fits the bill, folding his panels and figures around the word balloon tails, ducking under the conversations, and chatting. It’s explosive and adventurous drawing, complete with charming poses and magical expressions.

If you like your swords and sorcery with a side order of rough-and-tumble horseplay, this is great fun!

Image Comics, Skullkickers 10th Anniversary Super Special, $3.99 for 39 pages of content, Rated Teen

By Alan Spinney

After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!