Where we recognize talent when we see her, we rejoice heartily as a relatively unknown author and artist team proceeds to raise Marvel Comics’ underwear over her head.
If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you love comics. If you don’t, that’s okay. Captain Marvel #3 came out this week. I’ll have a review of this hot mess this weekend. But if you love comics and if you miss the days before Marvel became infested with Lactose Intolerant Defenders of Imaginary Virtues and Micro Anger Tweeting Passive Aggressive Douchetards, Tap Dance Killer is the comic book for you.
Writer Ted Sikora and artist Nicholas Harrison are crafting a love letter for 1970s Marvel comics. Sikora is clearly well versed in the OG Marvel book such as: Steve GerberAnd the Jim StarlinAnd the Steve EnglehartAnd the Roger Stern And the Chris Claremont. They all appear in Sikora’s stories as a list of spices that blend together to make your Uncle Billy Bob’s secret barbecue sauce. I get it. Some of you may not like the metaphorical BBQ sauce but if you do you will love it [easyazon_link identifier=”B07MTB9TTJ” locale=”US” tag=”boundingintocomics-20″]Click on Dance Killer[/easyazon_link].
Tap Dance Killer is actress Nikki St. Clair. She starred in a musical horror show and now she can’t get away with the part. It’s a 1920s-style killer/killer that leaves a host of damage in its wake… with taste.
It is true that the book does not really have a hero. The main characters are all kinds of gangsters but they have some kind of twisted moral code. The plot of Case No. 3 is straightforward. Nikki gets a tip about a drug house doing big business and assembles her team of Vaude-Villains to take them out. Sikora has an uncanny knack for coming up with cool names for villains (Uzi Clown, Punchline, Sir Terror) which may be part of the reason we haven’t seen any superheroes yet. But really, with well-developed and interesting characters, who needs it.
the feisty part
What annoys me about this series is that so far its release schedule appears to be “when we get to it”. While I like, I like, I like stellar art from Nicholas Harrison, I wonder if it’s fast enough to keep up with my monthly schedule. If it’s Sikora’s fault then the fault, but Niko is doing the heavy lifting here. I think it would be better to introduce this series by having a writer or artist. It was standard practice with Marvel early on. Just saying ‘.
[easyazon_link identifier=”B07MTB9TTJ” locale=”US” tag=”boundingintocomics-20″]Click on Dance Killer[/easyazon_link] It’s shaping up to be a great series by a great writer with a brilliant artistic team. It has something totally missing from everything Marvel is currently rolling out to all the comic book stores and that’s the heart. Sikora and Harrison have a real love for the characters and it shows. Every number explodes with the joy of making picture books. I highly recommend this series to everyone who loves a good story. Tap Dance Killer!
Now, if anyone needs me, I’ll be on the roof with my loudspeaker.
Comic Book Review: Tap Dance Killer #3
- great story
- great art
- so much fun
- Terrible shipping schedule
- Not enough people read it