The end is near…..of the latest Amerikarate arc that is. Yup, Amerikarate #8 is on the shelves of your favorite comic book shop, go out and pick it up! Last issue Brockton McKinney and Corey Kalman hit me right in my ’80s soft spot, which happens to be Robocop. The final issue of the arc is heavily reminiscent of The Running Man, mixed with the ’80s action-packed game show American Gladiators. Does the pair of writers tie their black belt of Amerikarateness into a neat bow? Let’s find out!
The Asshole on TV.
The title says it all. Sam’s brother Rick, who is now reincarnated into RoboRick, has his own popular television show, Androidican Gladiators. One may wonder how RoboRick found the time to develop this hit game show in the midst of wanting revenge, but hey, it happened. Sam and Cynthia, complete with form-fitting Running Man outfits, have found themselves as the contestants of the latest episode. RoboRick makes it simple for Rick and Cynthia: either play the game and fight for their lives, or RoboRick will kill the President and his Eagle of Freedom. Rick even has the eagle strapped down to a table! Oh, the humanity! With their hands pretty much tied, Sam and Cynthia set to battle the undefeated and very sexy, devilish Satron to the death. Add in a cliffhanger that I never saw coming, and this arc comes to a very satisfying end.
But Dave, is it good?
Well, I did say “satisfying end.” Like every other issue of Amerikarate, I enjoyed the hell out of this issue. McKinney and Kalman have stayed true to their form throughout this entire series, and issue #8 is no different. Amerikarate has always had two things going for it. One, it is heavily influenced by ’80s cinema. And I LOVE ’80s cinema. Two, Amerikarate is saturated in over the top violence, sex, cursing, and all the other things your mother warned you about. And I have enjoyed every page.
Daniel Arruda Massa has been under scrutiny with me since he took over the artwork. I haven’t hidden my opinion on that. But with each issue, I have appreciated what he’s brought to the story. The art captures that ’80s vibe and the choice of colors are what puts it all together beautifully. I like the shadows, the shading, and if there is an artist out there can draw a well thrown boob punch better than Massa, I challenge you to show me!
Another cool thing about Amerikarate that I don’t think I have ever touched on and I suck for it, is all the cool variant covers that each issue has. There is always your standard cover, but then there are covers that are based off of ’80s films, as well as the very beautiful April O’Neil posing on the cover for each issue. She has dressed up like a Dream Warrior, she has armed herself with machine guns, nunchucks, and even a sword. I dig each cover she has done, along with the other artists that have contributed to all the other variant covers.
So the sun has set on this arc of Amerikarate. How long will we have to wait until the next arc? Hopefully, not long at all. But no matter the time, I will be waiting to see what is next for Sam, Cynthia, the President, and of course the Eagle of Freedom. You know the drill by now, this where I am going to tell you to run out and pick up Amerikarate #8, so just do it already!