Down Set Fight #1 & #2
Written by Chris Sims & Chad Bowers
Art & Color by Scott Kowalchuk
Published by Oni Press
It’s always nice when you see things you enjoy pop up in your comic reading. Down Set Fight takes that to a whole new level. It’s the kind of book I can pull my non-comic friends into ready. And the first two issues certainly have me hooked.
Here we have ex-football pro Chuck ‘Fearless’ Fairlane and follow his career from growing up with an unrelenting father pushing his at every turn, to his indiscretions in the big leagues, to his new position as a high school football coach in Carolina. But he seems to have kept his knack for being provoked by overly aggressive team mascots. This is brilliantly depicted on the first two covers and a fantastic splash page in issue 2.
We find our hero in a bit of a predicament with both his father and the FBI. And Chuck’s estranged father seems to know more about the gambling trouble he gets himself into than he lets on, thus spurring Chuck to contact the FBI. Enter Agent Harrison and her tenaciousness to pull the truth out of Chuck one way or another.
Kowalchuk’s art and color fit perfectly with Sims’ and Bowers’ story, dark, gritty but not without humor. Down Set Fit somehow manages to balances both intrigue and sheer ridiculousness into one encompassing sports dramedy. It’s only 6 issues long and #3 comes out next Wednesday so plenty of time to catch up.
Verdict: Must Read