Joe Palooka #2 Review – Mike Bullock, Matt Triano, Fernando Peniche, IDW Publishing
Joe Palooka #2 Review Short Version: Joe Palooka #2 picks up with the eponymous Joe Palooka, on the run after taking the blame for a murder after (someone else’s) bank robbery gone wrong. Palooka is on the run, and Bullock and Triano are crafting a fun tale in the vein of the fighter movies that were so popular in the 1980’s.
Joe Palooka #2 Writers: Mike Bullock & Matt Triano
Joe Palooka #2 Artist: Fernando Peniche
Joe Palooka #2 Review
When I picked up Joe Palooka last month, I didn’t really know what to expect. A revival of an early 1900’s comic strip about an all-American boxer who was a sort of icon of a bygone era. Luckily, Mike Bullock and Matt Triano didn’t do an exact reproduction of the classic comic strip when they made the series for IDW Publishing. Joe Palooka # 2 picks up the story of our Joe Palooka (still not his real name) who is on a boat to be a prize fighter while he is on the run. However, Palooka’s trip over the ocean is not without the opportunity for fights, since not everyone is thrilled with his presence on the ship. When I was reading Joe Palooka #2, it occurred to me what this series reminds me of: the sort of fight-to-survive that we haven’t seen very often since the 1980’s (think Blood Sport), where a man is faced with a desperate situation that results in him having to fight his way out of it. And, honestly, I’m really enjoying it. Bullock and Triano have good pacing, building up the conflict before the fight breaks out and Peniche really makes the comic with his art, giving the fights a nice since of weight and impact which is so important to an action comic. If you like the sort of ‘problem gets in your way, you need to punch it in the face’ film that I referenced earlier, Joe Palooka is a very nice entry into that genre. And I really like to see some problems get punched in the face.