(I don’t review things. But I do like talking and writing about things that mean something to me. Today that happens to be CANKOR.)
This isn’t my first dance with CANKOR. I read it a few years ago when creator Matthew Allison started serializing it as a webcomic, I loved it then. As is the way with the internet, I got distracted by something else. That is, until this past weekend when I was at DINK Denver. I was on a panel with Matthew Allison so I made a point of picking up his offerings and do my homework on the people I was on panel with. Matthew Allison’s booth and CANKOR were my top priorities.
The CANKOR book I picked up collects issues #1 and #2 of CANKOR. If you are unfamiliar with CANKOR, Matthew Allison describes it as “Colorful stories of emotionally tender, costumed man-machines and their conundrums."
To unpack the first story a bit, Cankorr (each different version of Cankor uses a slightly differently spelling of the name) is a decomposing mess. He’s been sending past versions of himself back in time to avoid the present pain of his past mistakes.
It’s not going well.
Cankorr tells Cankor (his past self) that they have one choice left — Rebirth!
The remainder of this first story is about Cankor’s rebirth, while the second story in this collection charts the immediate fallout of Cankor’s rebirth and explores how painful and messy rebirth can be.
CANKOR has a timeless quality to it. It feels like you might be holding some artifact from the 70’s underground movement, like some cheesed off Marvel creator got fired making his own underground superhero comics. It’s clear that Matthew Allison has love for superhero comics, but he’s definitely creating a personal take on superhero comics.
The colors skew towards a pastels and purples, so just from a visual aesthetic, it’s incredibly pleasing to look at. Matthew Allison’s line work feels both weighty and delicate — much like the characters in CANKOR, they are musclebound cybernetic supermen who are emotionally fragile and can be set off by the smallest thing.
That juxtaposition of power and fragility sum up CANKOR best in my mind.
I bought a lot of comics this past weekend, but CANKOR is the one that I’ve already read three times already. If you enjoy Rick and Morty then CANKOR will be your new favorite comic.
Matthew Allison can be found on twitter: @MatthewGAllison
His blog is here: loafdish.blogspot.com
You can read the first chapter of CANKOR here for FREE: http://loafdish.blogspot.com/2014/05/cankor-pages-1-12.html