The hit web series Super Knocked Up is also a comic! Season One set the bar pretty high, can the first issue hold up? Crank up the Ten Year Vamp and read on to find out!
For those not familiar with the show, Super Knocked Up follows super villainess Jessica James (aka Darkstar) as she copes with the consequences of her one night stand with womanizing super hero and arch nemesis Captain Amazing. The amusing premise is executed perfectly thanks in part to genuine performances from the cast, and also a balance of powers, plot and provocation that makes it difficult to nail this down to just one genre.
The majority of the comic takes place before the series, and it takes advantage of the medium to tell a part of the story that would be much more difficult and costly to portray in live action. The interplay between the book and the show is handled exceptionally well. You can’t really say that one is based on the other, because they both come from an original screenplay that creator Jeff Burns had originally intended to option or sell to a Hollywood studio. Luckily for us, he decided to bring it to life himself, and couldn’t resist the urge to retain rights to something he authored while also doing something that he had come to love.
I’m trying to keep this write up more or less spoiler free, but what the comic does best is show how Darkstar herself has set into motion a sequence of events that ultimately become antagonistic to her. There are many ambiguous moments throughout the web series, and in the comic we learn a lot about why they come off that way. While the comic is technically a prequel of sorts (I know, I know, “prequel” is kind of a dirty word now!) the characterizations stay true to what we love about the characters. Captain Amazing is his normal womanizing self, not quite a suave Casanova but not totally sleazy either. Darkstar is a strong, aggressive woman, but isn’t so monstrous that you have trouble rooting for her. That same glimmer of goodness that Natalie Bain portrayed in the web series can be seen in her comic book counterpart too. The comic is missing some of the charm that the cast brought to the series, but makes up for it by expanding the story in ways that are more appropriate for this medium. Issue one of Super Knocked Up is a fun read and a great companion piece to the series. It features some nice, clean artwork that serves the story well, and is available here for only $1.99!