If you like kick-ass car chases, murder mysteries, and slapstick comedy, then do yourself a favor and pick up The Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton #2. Not only does it heighten the mystery surrounding the death of television’s greatest scumbag, Trigger Keaton, but it contains one of the funniest will readings you may ever see in a comic book. Issue #2 of the series is appropriately titled “Sidecar”, and sees Trigger earn another merit badge of villainy for being extremely rude to a 12 year-old who plays the voice of his 1973 AMC AMX/3 prototype sports car in the opening flashback. One thing’s for sure as Kyle Starks and Chris Schweizer’s whodunnit caper runs on: it’s getting harder and harder to pinpoint a suspect when the person who was killed was a sleaze-ball to everyone he came in contact with.
The second issue follows sidekicks Paul Hernandez and Miles Ngyuen as they attend the will reading of Trigger Keaton in an attempt to possibly find a lead suspect. What ensues is a comic with an excellently thought-out car chase sequence and a surprising revelation that may or may not have let us know who the killer is. Again, it’s a well-paced issue that takes us further down the rabbit hole into the world of stuntmen, sidekicks, and the underbelly of behind-the-scenes Hollywood workers. In addition to that, the dialogue is solid, and the jokes timed well. So far, The Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton has been an enjoyable and unpredictable journey of discovery.
There’s so much to say about Chris Schweizer’s artwork, but I think a word that sums it up best is precision. Whether it’s Trigger insulting someone, a fight scene, or just two people sitting in a lobby, Schweizer is very good with putting things together. There are too many examples to think of in this book, but one that sticks out the most is the car chase. Again, Schweizer leans into his artistic side and fleshes out some well-choreographed moments that were funny, intense and make this book worth getting. At the end of the book, Chris Schweizer gives a little backstory on himself and how it lead him to comics. After reading this book, I’d say I’m glad his journey brought him into the comic industry, and I can’t wait to read more of his work.
The Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton #2 is another excellent entry in a series that continues to impress. I think the hard-hitting action and round-up of suspects will intensify as the story moves forward. So check it out for yourself and see if you can figure out who killed Trigger Keaton?
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