The Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton #1 strolls right into the whodunnit genre, making you laugh and pay attention. Imagine for a second that you’re watching Walker, Texas Ranger, and you find out that Chuck Norris was a huge piece of garbage both on and off the set. That is the best way I can describe the story’s short-lived TV action star, Trigger Keaton. Trigger Keaton injures stuntmen, ruins other actors’ careers, and creates so many enemies for himself that someone decides to kill him. Now, it’s up to his television sidekicks to solve the greatest mystery of all: who murdered Trigger Keaton?
Trigger Keaton comes to us from writer Kyle Starks, who you may remember from the Image Comics series Assassination Nation with artist Erica Henderson. Just like that story, Starks introduces us to a wide variety of uncanny characters. Issue #1 does a terrific job of showcasing just how much of a scumbag Trigger Keaton was to anyone he came in contact with. This creates a great deal of confusion for the reader in determining who the prime suspect is, when everyone wanted the man dead.
During the first issue, we’re introduced to the titular six sidekicks of Trigger Keaton: Miles, Paul, Tad, Terry, Allison, and Richard. We’re shown how they’re connected to Keaton and how his influence in the entertainment industry has impacted their lives. The chemistry and interactions between them when they meet are both comical, high-tension, and electric. It’ll be interesting to see going forward if they can coexist long enough to find out who offed Keaton.
Kyle Starks brings back a collaborator, illustrator Chris Schweizer, with whom he worked previously on Mars Attacks!. Schweizer brings a big bolt of energy to this comic. From the way Schweizer introduces us to the characters, to the distinctive designs, you can tell he had a lot of fun putting everything together. The pacing is solid, and you’ll laugh more times than you can count from the funny dialogue and jabs characters throw at each other.
The Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton #1 is a must-read. If you’re a fan of movies like Knives Out and The Usual Suspects, you’ll love this book. Make sure to add it to your list during your next trip to your local comic shop, and be sure to pick up all the cool variants they have for it as well.
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