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.