I’ll be honest… I didn’t much get into Sharknife when it first came out. I had heard it was good and I’m a pretty big SCI Fi fan, to me it just looked like a Digimon comic. I’m man enough to admit when I’m wrong. I finally picked it up from a friend about 2 years ago and was completely blown away by it. It’s clever, jam-packed full of action and also has a sense of humor, not to mention the slick artistic style, I couldn’t believe I initially judged a book by it’s cover because I was wrong. If you haven’t read it I suggest you run out and find a copy, any copy because Oni Press has finally brought us a sequel. Read on for more info.
Seven years ago, Cory “The Reyyy” Lewis took conventional comics as we know them, executed a flip-piledriver on the medium, and tossed the industry out of the ring and onto its collective behind. Sharknife was a book like no other, an energetic fight comic with slick sci-fi video game designs and an all-pervasive sense of fun. Most readers didn’t know what hit them, but they knew they wanted more.
Well, good things come to those who wait. This Wednesday, March 28th, Oni Press will publish the long-awaited sequel, Sharknife ZZ, a 168-page epic of mayhem, romance, and cosmic enlightenment. To go along with this stellar premiere, Oni Press will also be returning the original graphic novel to print. For those who missed the awesomeness or who need a refresher on just how awesome it really is, Sharknife: Stage First, the fully loaded and updated edition, will be reclaiming its position on store shelves right alongside its successor.
Sharknife is the alter-ego of Caesar Hallelujah, an unassuming busboy at the Guandong Factory family restaurant. When Caesar eats one of his boss’ famous magic fortune cookies, he’s transformed into the charismatic brawler Sharknife. It’s up to Sharknife to battle the pumped-up monsters that threaten the nightly dinner service at Guandong. In Sharknife ZZ, the big guy already has 100 battles under his belt and it’s time to kick it all up to the next level. If he doesn’t, Ombra the Orcasword may finally get the best of him, and there is apparently another Hallelujah waiting in the wings for just such an occasion.
Sharknife ZZ is a black-and-white, digest sized graphic novel out this week, March 28th, for the kindly retail price of $11.99. Aong with the similarly priced new edition of Sharknife: Stage First, you’ll get a face full of fight this week at your favorite comic shop or books store.
To celebrate the release of the books, Corey Lewis will be a special guest at the Emerald City Comicon in Seattle, WA, on March 30 through April 1 where you can find him all weekend at Table: J-13. If you’re looking for a peak at the originals you’ll find an art gallery in Portland, OR at Floating World Comics opening April 5th through April 25th with an opening night galla featuring a Corey Lewis signing (details at the following link)
Like I said, if you dig action packed , anime-style comics then this is right up your alley. Even if that’s not your thing the action and humor is something I would recommend checking it out for anyway. Plus you can lie to your friends and say stuff like, “Yeah I’ve been a fan since the first book dropped 7 years ago, so…”. Whatever does it for you but don’t pass up the chance to catch this book, you won’t regret it.
Make sure if you do go to ECCC you stop by his booth and tell him how much you liked the book, I’m sure he’d appreciate it. Just make sure to tell him ComicBooked.com sent you. Until then check back in with us for the review of Sharknife ZZ or hop into one of our forums and discuss the pros and cons of the series with other fans. Either way, get Comic Booked!