Review – Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton #1
Available: 9th June 2021
For fans of CHEW and ASSASSIN NATION comes a new action-mystery series from Eisner Award nominees CHRIS SCHWEIZER (Crogan Adventures) and KYLE STARKS (SEXCASTLE).
The world’s most unlikable action star has been found dead, and his previous TV sidekicks are looking to solve the mystery. But how can you catch a murderer when almost everyone hated the victim? Now, these sidekicks are going to learn what it means to be the stars of the show…that is if any of them survive the STUNTMAN WAR!
What’s a stuntman war? Well, it’s a regular war with stuntmen, of course, idiot. But let’s read the TV listings for the six sidekicks and try and work out who killed Trigger Keaton.
The background of the series is that legendary TV hardman Trigger Keaton has died, and his six former TV sidekicks most of whose lives have been ruined or altered by him are either the key suspects or the group that can track down the real killer.
Kyle Starks’ has taken the cantankerous old s#@t of an actor that Trigger Keaton was and killed him. During the filming of MARSHALL ART, we see the chiselled old Keaton punch out a stuntman and sideswipe a kid actor. He’s Steven Segal, with a pinch of Wesley Snipes and Chuck “F@#ckin” Norris rolled into one. Fast forward a few years and we find sidekick Miles Ngyuen, from pilot Precinct Blues, discovering a dead Keaton. He’s hung up his boots for the last time by hanging himself high from the rafters. Miles smells a rat when his two-day police training course with corpses and murdered dead people tell him something fishy is going on.
With the help of sidekick Paul Hernandez, who quit acting after being beaten up as a kid by Keaton on the set of Marshall Art, the two set out to track down clues and confront which sidekick or suspect could be behind this crime. The full line-up of suspects is below and place your bets for who is behind this crime.
Stark has taken the rather worn out whodunnit formula and tipped it on its head with a who probably hasn’t done it. The characters are clichés of sidekicks in shows (poor old Tad was just the voice of Speedy in Sidecar) but that vapid kind of Holywood stereotype works in this murder mystery.
Behind this issue is a serious message about those struggling with self-harm or suicidal thoughts. If this is you, if you need someone to talk to, Samaritans listen. They won’t judge or tell you what to do, call 116 123 free for a voice to talk to. It’s never too late to ask for help.
Chris and Liz Schweizer do a great job bringing the vain and idiotic world of actors, stuntmen and films to life, think Tropic Thunder and you’ll get the idea. The fight scenes, joke TV listings and the colours bring the world of the sidekicks to life.
After the nuts Knives Out I have a kind of itch for all things murder mystery and can’t wait for the next issue, my wife always says I spoil crime shows by spotting the murderer early blurting it out.. in fact, I think ……….did it. Great five-star first issue.
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