After reading Be A Man and
Clumsy by Jeffery Brown, I couldn’t wait to see what
he would do next. The answer to that question is
Bighead. Bighead is unlike any superhero you have
likely encountered within the pages of your typical
comic. Top Shelf Comics recently released Bighead
onto the masses.
could best be described as “superhero parody” with a
distinct surreal flair. Bighead’s main power is his
oversized head. Contrary to the other spandex types
found in mainstream comics, Bighead has a case of
low self esteem and is sensitive to a fault.
One of the fights between Bighead and his
arch nemesis Heartbroke is unlike any confrontation I
have ever seen between two superheroes. They do exchange
quite a few blows. However, in between the blows the two
have a pretty open discussion about their feelings that
plays like two friends that separated badly years before
and now come together to share an awkward conversation.
But, when you have this discussion playing out between
two people in complete superhero garb, it is hysterical.
Another situation that occurs is
Bighead’s friend, whom he secretly loves, decides to
marry a supervillian. Instead of confronting the
villain, he decides to play the ever supportive best
friend role and watch as his friend changes her life. I
don’t see Spiderman letting that happen.
Some of the superheroes in Bighead
almost seem like that could have been in a DC or Marvel
book, albeit a strange one. Take for instance Tsunami, a
giant sumo wrestler with water powers or The Kangaroo,
an Australian with jumping powers.
If you think all of this is strange, wait
until you turn a page to find a strip done entirely in
Spanish, just for the fun of it. Bighead also takes time
out of his busy day to do a few mock public service
announcements. I thought the toys offered were
hilarious, such as a plush doll of Bighead that promises
to “never leave you” and an action figure described to
have swivel, “bendy cape” and karate grip. All
merchandise is promised to have a “certificate of
authenticity” that is hand “calligraphied” and certifies
that “something is authentic”.
If you prefer traditional superheroes,
Bighead may not be for you. On the other hand, if
you want a superhero riddled with the same insecurities
and problems we all experience, Bighead is for
you. Well, we might not all have the enormous
The style of the artwork in Bighead
is simple and does not follow the typical comic book
style aesthetic. It is energetic and filled with a
childlike charm, particularly in the action sequences. I
wouldn’t compare the artwork in Bighead to the
style of John Romita Jr or Alex Ross, but it suits the
surreal material perfectly.
Overall ( Not an Average) 7/10