Quite a few years ago, when Joshua Fialkov and Kody Chamberlain were still relatively new to comics, something brilliant happened. A one shot called Punks: The Summer Comic Special. It was a breath of fresh air in what has become a fairly dark industry mostly focused on men and women in tights punching things. Punks was unlike any other comic I had seen, closer in style to one of the zines in the late 70s/early 80s, but on but with higher production values. Channeling the collage stylings of old punk show flyers, this one shot was like an episode of The Young Ones (please tell me you’ve seen this brilliant series.) if all four roommates were Vivian.
Starring four unlikely college roommates, Punks skewered everything in its path with perfect aim. Like a baseball bat made of comedy gold, it smashed everything from Morrisey to political correctness. Hilarious, satirical, and subversive, it became a cult hit, spawning a Punks: Christmas Special, and even going up on the short lived MTV Geek until that website was shuttered, and then kind of disappeared into the ether.
Well, they’re bringing it back at Image Comics as an ongoing series, featuring all-new stories, but that’s not it. The first issue will include the all-new Punks: The Card Game, Nutpuncher, that looks to be as delightfully surreal as the comic itself. Fialkov first announced via Twitter:
I think it’s okay for me to spill on the first one… The first issue has the debut of PUNKS THE COMIC #1 contains: PUNKS: THE CARD GAME.
— Joshua Hale Fialkov (@JoshFialkov) September 11, 2014
And later via comicbook.com he even posted images of a few of the cards. Designed by Fialkov and Chamberlain, with help by Chris Rider, he stated that the goal was to have physical copies of the game in time for New York Comic-Con. Fialkov said on Twitter that each issue will come with some kind of cool “activity or cut out or something”. Today is the final order cut-off, so make sure to head down to your local shop and pre-order the damn thing. I know these guys are known for more serious subject matter in their previous books (The Bunker, Tumor, Sweets, 30 Days of Night: Bloodsucker Tales), but if you like dead presidents, a guy with a fist for a head, and zombie carrots, you’ll love this free download of the original one-shot, and you’ll love the upcoming ongoing series. Trust me.