Sky Ape is nominally about an ape with a jetpack who fights evil, which would normally be enough for me. But it is so much more than that. Sky Ape is an absurdist work of enormous gravity that reflects inane pop culture back at us, that grapples with the futility of existence, that asks us to look inside ourselves and face the void within -- that is Sky Ape's challenge to us, should we choose to accept it.
OK, I'm just fucking around. Sky Ape: King of Girls is all that and the proverbial bag of chips, but most of all it's a funny-ass comic book.
You know this shit's going to be funny when they start things off with a mace gag:
Published by defenders of freedom AiT/PlanetLar and created by writers Phil Amara, Tim McCarney, Mike Russo, and artist Richard Jenkins, the Sky Ape books chronicle the mind-bending adventures of Kirk Madge, an 800-lb gorilla with a jet pack and a mean right hook. In King of Girls, Sky Ape and his allies have to bust up a charm school that is turning nerds into cads. Here, this guy explains it nicely:
For instance, we spend a lot of time getting to know a superhero team that has little to no bearing on the plot, just because they are funny:
The Brown Sommersault - I would pay to read a Brown Sommersault solo comic. "Foosha!"
Sky Ape: King of Girls' lunatic diversions and pop references are both its greatest strengths and its greatest weaknesses. Some of the pop stuff falls flat, and one gets the impression that the writers were so enamored with certain jokes that they couldn't let them go, even to keep the story moving. On the other hand, who gives a shit about story in a book like this? We're just here for The Funny, and Sky Ape has The Funny at an affordable bulk rate. I guess maybe I'm not looking for a plot per se, but rather some sort of focus. Or am I? Oh, I don't know what I want anymore. Leave me be, damn you!
Overall, I really dug Sky Ape, and I think you will, too. You'll laugh, you'll wonder, and you just might learn something. Like this bit of wisdom, for instance: