Slapstick #1

Slapstick #1

Writer: Reilly Brown, Fred Van Lente Artist: Diego Olortegui Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 7, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 3
8.2Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

Steve Harmon was an average teenager who had an average job as your average clown, living in average New Jersey. But after being zapped by weird and mysterious extradimensional energy, Steve became Slapstick, a living, breathing cartoon! Now, after joining, and then quitting, Deadpool's Mercs for Money, Slapstick is striking it out on his own terms! Sure he's gotta move back in with his parents, but these new business ventures take time. And anyways, he gets to team-up with the Amazing Spider-Man in his first issue. That seems like he's doing pretty well to me!
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  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Oct 18, 2016

    That’s not to say that Slapstick is for everyone - there are going to be more serious-minded readers who don’t appreciate the jokes, as well as the stubborn few who won’t be able to accept a series that doesn’t have a known quantity as a headliner. (And to be clear, even I can’t vouch for how long this series’ shelf life might be, especially when you have Deadpool, Harley Quinn and Squirrel Girl all vying for the same audience.) But as far as debuts go, Slapstick proves to be some really entertaining fare, showing that there’s no such thing as small characters when you’ve got great execution behind them. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Dec 12, 2016

    Writers Reilly Brown and Fred Van Lente do a nice job in this issue of giving just enough backstory to understand what Slapstick is, but I actually wish they gave a little more info since I, and I'm sure plenty of other readers, know so little about him and would appreciate the added information. This first issue can be enjoyed all on its own and although this story ends introducing us to next month's villain, it still felt like a standalone story that was great for a premiere issue like this one. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I loved this first issue of Slapstick and I hope this series goes on much longer than his first solo outing. Slapstick is a must read for me! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Dec 8, 2016

    Slapstick #1 is a book you would be crazy to miss out on right now. He's not your average superhero and he's not your average mercenary either. He's a brand new kind of terror to the superhero and super-villain world for better or for worse. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jeff Lake Dec 8, 2016

    Was anyone really asking for a Slapstick solo? Probably not. But we've got one, and the good news is that it's pretty darn entertaining. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Oct 18, 2016

    As I said, I wasn't a fan going in, but by the time I finished, I actually want to read the next issue and see where it all goes. I still might not be the biggest Slapstick fan, but the story's humor mixed with the advantage of digital makes it an interesting read and one to check out. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AiPT! - Russ Whiting Oct 21, 2016

    Fans of Slapstick from Deadpool & The Mercs for Money (there are a few of you out there, yeah?) or those looking for a fun (though gruesomely comedic), carefree diversion could do worse. I'll be around for Slapstick #2. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    RustonLF Dec 20, 2016

    I am not usually one for extreme violence, but using it in opposition to the cartoon nature of the character is something the original run of Slapstick was missing when he debuted. The issue tries to focus on just how horrible being a cartoon in the real world could be. With Steve losing his inhibitions and speaking and acting however he pleases. The cameo from Spider-Man was a fun throwback as well. I believe Peter's comments about not remembering him was meant to reflect how much of a deep cut Slapstick really is. The art was done in a smart way to keep the invading cartoons separate. If the series takes the right path Slapstick could be one of the better titles to come out of the Mercs for Money.

  • 8.0
    Gizmo Jan 15, 2017

    This was better than expected, Slapstick is violent and zany, but also humanized. The twist would have been smoother if it were led in with a touch of foreshadowing. The ending reveals a new villains that looks like a fun analog of an 80s cartoon icon.

  • 9.5
    darkfire369 Oct 19, 2016

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