Updated on 16 October, 2021
The Shocker Comic book series is one of the more popular comic book series out there. Actually, when I think about it, I kind of misread that statement. But the fact remains that Shocker is a fantastic comic book series. I'm going to tell you why. I'm going to tell you what sets it apart from the other comics out there.
It's plot is absolutely bonkers. Okay, I'm not going to say that it's the best plot out there, but it's definitely one of the craziest. And I mean - crazy. It has this real sense of energy and chaos - a very youthful feeling, almost. It's entertaining, but that's all it can be.
There are some genuinely creepy villains in this book, and the menace - Shocker - is probably the most memorable. We've never met him before, so he brings a certain amount of confusion to the proceedings. He's sort of a new name, but we'll never really understand who he is. And when he first shows up, he attacks his own personal territory - in this case, the villain's apartment. He rips the door down, rips the screen right out, and locks the area shut. He then sets about systematically razing every room he can find, so that he can gain access to the villain's personal library.
It's like a scene out of a horror movie. But that's not a bad thing, actually. In fact, it adds a level of reality to the Shocker Comic book series. And that adds a certain level of fun to the entire book.
The artwork is just as strange - and just as interesting - as the story itself. The designs are completely outside the realm of traditional comic art. It's like you're reading a graphic novel, but instead of being written in a single, clean, and clear font, you're getting words that have been crumpled up and pasted onto a black and white piece of paper.
All in all, the world created by Robert E. Howard seems a little bit unrealized. He doesn't seem to have any connection to the real world. He acts and speaks like a normal human being, but when you put those traits together, you realize that Shocker Comic is really more of an adventure story. Or a twisted fantasy story. But in both cases, you can't help but wonder where the character came from.
The Shocker Comic book was created by Bill Keene, who is best known for writing the Conan the Barbarian television show. But he also contributed a lot to the writing of Shocker. Most of the book is set inside a glass laboratory, with lab equipment and glass walls, but the interior is often described with a feeling of doom and mystery. For instance, one page features Dr. Cross (ronithologist Dr. Joseph Morkenheimer) on the verge of losing his sanity, as he deals with a virus that will kill off all of the humans he cares about. This virus is called "the Cube". This sends him into a nightmare dream world where he battles Shocker (voice actor David Strathairn), who is also after the'cube.'
The Shocker Comic series is still ongoing, and the writers keep adding to the mythology. If you want to know more, you can visit their website. A few years back, a movie version of the Shocker Comic universe was released. It starred Michael Caine and directed by Guy Ritchie. It's worth a look! Check out the rest of my Shocker Comic reviews at my website.
This was one of the first comics I picked up when I was in college, and I still have a copy of it. Shocker speaks to me of my youthful anxiety and fear of the unknown. I am sure that through the years the characters have changed, and developed, but they always remained true to their source material - the fears of humankind. The story is a great deal about dealing with anxiety, particularly post-college - but also deals with the perils of modern living as well.
What I like most about this comic is the way that writer Steve Orlando has interwoven facts and fiction. He includes historical accounts that are true, but in the present day. As an example, we learn that Shocker was actually a chemical called nitrocellulose - which is why his skin would have turned green. There are also a number of alternate histories in which the character occurs in. So we get to see how the world might have been different if the real Shocker had made it.
There are some parts in this classic story line that I found a little boring. There is a chase scene in which a car chase takes place across the city, and Orlando uses a truck to deliver a shipment of cocaine to a warehouse, where Shocker attacks a security guard. I suppose that if the real Shocker had made it into the present day, then this chase scene could have been cut out, or the events that transpire might have been cut to some extent. Either way, this is a minor point. Overall, I enjoyed this comic. It is a fun and fast paced read that gets you thinking.