Comics: SuperMansion #2 - Reviewed

SuperMansion #2 is a new comic from Titan Comics that is based on the stop-motion animated television series of the same name. The TV series premiered on Sony Crackle on October 8, 2015 and has two seasons so far, with it just recently getting renewed for a third season. It centers around the superhero group called The League of Freedom, led by the aging superhero Titanium Rex, who battle an assortment of baddies. His fellow superheroes are Black Saturn, American Ranger, Jewbot, Cooch, Lex Lightning, and Brad. I admittedly haven't seen the show, but after reading these issues I am thoroughly hooked and ready to dive right into the animated series. With its never-ending stream of bad jokes and violent action, SuperMansion is a gloriously crude and offensive book that is a must read for fans of SupeMansion, Robot Chicken, South Park, Sausage party, and other adult-themed animation and comedy.

SuperMansion #2 is essentially a one-off story that doesn't require you to have to read issue 1 before diving in, though I do highly recommend checking out the first issue. The comic series is basically a spoof on comic book superteams and villains, taking the concept of the Justice League and turning it into some low-brow comedy. The series is chock-full of adult humor, sexual innuendos, crude jokes and offensive imagery. It's obviously not for everyone. It's geared towards readers that enjoy stories that push the boundaries of taste, with some people possibly labeling this as filth or trash. Issue 2 sees the group head to Germany to work with their European counterparts, consisting of Le Frog, Timesmith, Power Kraut, Pasta La Vista, and Old Blighty. They are the equivalent of Justice League Europe, but taking the idea to the most extreme of places. While there, they end up battling Nazis and saving the world.

The art by Jake Elphick is outstanding and the style is somewhat cartoonish, with hints of manga and graffiti thrown into the mix. The characters are overly expressive and have dynamic movements and terrific facial expressions. There is hardly any black shading, opting instead to use colors to create form and depth. The line work is terrific, employing thick black outlines around the characters and just the right amount of lines to help accentuate the colors. Tracy Bailey's colors perfectly complement Elphick's illustrations, using two shades of colors to create light and shadows on the characters and their environments. Flat backgrounds with one color are generally used in the panels, making the characters pop out of the page. There is a great deal of action taking place on every panel and page, and there are several outstanding double splash pages.

SuperMansion is definitely not for everyone. It is an adult book with crude and offensive jokes that contains some superb art and colors. It's well worth checking out if you like the TV series or other forms of adult animated humor.