The Paybacks #1 Review: Awesome Art

For as long as there’ve been superheroes, there have been spoofs of superheroes. Some of them hit the mark in terms of comedy; others just don’t have what it takes. “The Paybacks #1” by Donny Cates and Eliot Rahal with art by Geoff Shaw takes a brilliant idea and adds in unfunny comedy.

“The Paybacks” are a ragtag group of superheroes who are hired as debt collectors of other heroes. This time they’re after Night Knight, a Batman spoof. However, he’s out fighting crime. They decide to just go ahead, but things go south quickly.

It’s a nice idea with a decent execution. The idea of superheroes having debt collectors is ingenious and the comic shows exactly what happens when the go and collect. One thing that Cates and Rahal get right is that put a bunch of superheroes into one space and there will be carnage.

The area the comic falls flat on is its main draw: Humor. Night Knight may be making fun of Batman being “the night” and “The Dark Knight,” but pointing it out like this is amateur level comedy. Not to mention making his real persona a weakling would have been funny if that joke hadn’t been done a million times.

The other characters fall into the same unfunny spoofs. A foreigner whose only English is action movie one-liners, a guy with a van where the inside is the size of a mansion and an angry female who loves to kill. Readers will get the jokes, but they are not particularly funny.

The artwork does a wonderful job of making this look like the typical superhero comic. The characters all look like the typical characters they’re spoofing. Shaw even gets the gritty parts that many comic books are want to use down right.

“The Paybacks” has a brilliant setup, but the overall experience is okay. The story is mildly interesting, the art is the strongest point and the humor will not get many laughs from readers.

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Rocco Sansone is a “man of many interests.” These include anime/manga, video games, tabletop RPGs, YA literature, 19th century literature, the New York Rangers, and history. Among the things and places he would like to see before he dies are Japan, half of Europe, and the New York Rangers win another Stanley Cup.

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