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Monday, January 31, 2011

"Why So Serious? Let's Put A Smile On That Face!"

Those words issuing forth from the Joker's mouth in the film The Dark Knight will stand as one of the most famous lines in movie history. Throughout the Batman's history the Joker has been easily identified by that evil grin plastered against his pale skinned face. However, he will not be the only comic book character identified by his grin. Let me introduce to you...The Maniacal Smile!

Who is the Maniacal Smile? Fierce Comics, publisher of 'The Smile' describes the comic in this way...

"Born with super irritable bowel syndrome, Alex McClendon uses his powers to protect the city of Utopia. And when he dons The Maniacal Smile suit, you can be sure that there'll be a splatter of action. Keeping Alex from just farting around with his powers are his ex-hero Uncle Rich and his lab assistant the enigmatic E.V.I.L. Robot. But not everyone knows that Alex is the Maniacal Smile. His best friends Puffy, who owns a comic book shop, and Nikki can never seem to spend any time with the ever-disappearing Alex. Teenage angst, girl problems, and city destroying threats are all a day in the life of THE MANIACAL SMILE!"

Fierce comics sent me an issue to review and I have to say that I could not help but laugh at the crazy antics of this story. Mike Foss scripts the character with laugh-out-loud humor that borders on the juvenile and considering that the hero is a teenager growing into the role of hero, juvenile is quite fitting. Rob Rhine, creator of 'the Smile', provides the art and colors and gives the book a bright look fitting of the character. The artwork is superb and I found it entertaining to look at. The story flows easily with simple page layouts, and the paper on which it is printed is of a higher quality than you might expect from an Independent title.

The aspect I enjoyed the most about this book, though, is what was mentioned earlier. IT IS FUNNY! It brings 'comic' back into the meaning of 'comic book'! So if you want to read a GREAT book, see some fantastic art and get a good laugh, then pick up an issue of The Maniacal will put a smile on your face!

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  1. sounds really interesting i might have to check it out sometime

  2. it sounds like it maybe a pretty cool book. i enjoy a good laugh.

  3. This sounds like the same type of thing that attracted me to Madman originally. Do you have any info on where I can obtain a copy? I'd love to check it out.

  4. Hey there - You can grab the books online at, or you can print an "I WANT THIS!" sheet to give to your local comic shop so they can order it for you. Having a customer request our books really helps us expand our retailer footprint. Or, if you prefer to read your books on an iPad, you can download the Twisted Pixel Games crossover issue via the Comics+ App on iTunes. There's even a free issue on Comics+ for you to enjoy.

    If you have any questions, don't hesitate to shoot me a note on our website contact form.


  5. Hey Flip... thanks for the info. I don't have any decent comic shops in my area unfortunately, but I was able to obtain a couple of issues from Carroll (Krypto-Knight Comics) and just finished reading the first issue. I decided to put my thoughts together in a review and have posted it to my facebook page. Feel free to check it out:!/note.php?note_id=200036770022249