With the Important New Superhero Universe established, My Bad #2 expands on its characters. Mark Russell continues his Chandelier tale in the “Salad of Truth” while Bryce Ingman goes into overdrive, delivering four (!) other stories for the book. Artwork again comes by way of Peter Krause, with Joe Orsak doing the duties for the smaller extras at the end. If superhero satire is your thing, then My Bad is the book for you.
Starting things off, Mark Russell’s story is some of the funniest stuff AHOY has put out. With only one story in the issue, it doesn’t deter Russell from introducing as many characters as possible. The standout is Tone Def, a villain with the unfortunate ability to say a lot of tasteless things. Every sentence that comes out his mouth is somehow both offensive and hilarious. Russell, ironically, nailed the tone for this story as his satire both says something while making the reader laugh.
Bryce Ingman takes the reins after that and runs away with them. All his stories are also incredibly funny and they each present humor in their own ways. His ability to provide variety while being the primary writer is noteworthy.
Readers get a lot more of the Emperor King this month. He’s the Important New Superhero Universe’s main villain and #2 gives him a lot of time to shine. Throughout Ingman’s stories, the Emperor King gets to showcase a few sides of his rather unlikeable personality. “The Worst Candy” is a particular story that manages to elicit laughs as well as establish more than one character. At times you can easily forget this is only issue two of a series given how well each character is presented.
Again, Peter Krause’s artwork rounds out the issue with a continuity that helps strengthen that feeling that this universe has been around longer than a couple months. Given how funny the book is, I can’t imagine how Krause was able to draw with a steady hand without laughing through the script.
The book maintains the ‘criticism’ from last month that, if you don’t enjoy superhero satire then it’s unlikely to win you over for long. If anything it’s a little sad to see Bryce Ingman writing four of the five stories this month. In any other case this would just be an amazing feat, but with Ahoy it feels almost like the issue is missing something, as they’re famous for their variety of writers and artists.
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