REX ROYD

SFX - - Reviews - Will Salmon

RE­LEASED OUT NOW! Pub­lisher Ti­tan Comics

Writ­ers Frankie Boyle, Jim Muir

Artists Mike dowl­ing, Budi se­ti­awan Six years af­ter Mark Mil­lar’s comic mag­a­zine Clint closed, co­me­dian Frankie Boyle’s con­tri­bu­tion – bizarro su­per-se­rial Rex Royd – fi­nally gets a proper send-off. This col­lec­tion brings to­gether the seven orig­i­nal episodes, plus 33 new pages from Boyle and Jim Muir, with artist Budi Se­ti­awan tak­ing over from Mike Dowl­ing.

Rex Royd is the CEO of Rex­corp, a sci­en­tist and busi­ness­man who also hap­pens to be a ge­nius and mega­lo­ma­niac. Each episode sees Rex con­tinue his real­ity bend­ing quest for con­trol, as he takes on su­per­heroes, God and any­one else who gets in his way.

This is a frus­trat­ing comic. Dowl­ing is a won­der­ful artist now (see his great work on Un­fol­low), but the first episodes of Royd mark his ear­li­est pro work, and they’re scrappy. Budi Se­ti­awan’s work is bet­ter, a cleaner take on the es­tab­lished style, but it’s still not an es­pe­cially at­trac­tive book, with flat colour­ing through­out.

Like­wise, Boyle and Muir’s script feels like a gar­bled amal­gam of clear in­flu­ences – no­tably Mil­lar and Grant Mor­ri­son (es­pe­cially The Filth and Flex Men­tallo). It’s packed with free­wheel­ing ideas about the na­ture of comics and is spo­rad­i­cally very funny, the di­a­logue ring­ing with Boyle’s scabrous wit, but while the se­ries works in short in­stal­ments, its in­co­herency is far more ap­par­ent when taken as a whole.

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