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Sunday, 16 April 2017

Inferior Five 1 - Inferior Five begin

The Inferior Five move into their own book with the March/April 1967 issue, a few months after their introductory run in Showcase concluded. The issue is written by E Nelson Bridwell, with art by Mike Sekowsky and Mike Esposito.

It retains the overall feel of the tryouts, with the Inferior Five being far more a comedic strip than a super hero one, and does a fairly good job of re-introducing Merryman, Awkwardman, White Feather, Dumb Bunny and the Blimp. In this story Merryman is accompanied by his grandfather, who at one time had been the hero Yellowjacket.

In this story the Inferior Five are called upon by an acronymic government organization, COUSINFRED, to aid them against the evil acronymic organization HURRICANE. It becomes clear very fast that this is going to be a James Bond parody, and yet the story doesn't hit nearly as many of the tropes from that film series as it might.

The best use of one is the highly gimmicked car that the bad guys have, contrasted with the junk heap the Inferior Five are travelling in. The art is ok on this, but nowhere near as detailed or crazy as Joe Orlando's earlier work on the strip.

The overly intricate death trap is kind of fun as well, but this all really relies on one finding it uproariously funny. And I just don't.

The one time I actually did laugh out loud when reading the tale was Dumb Bunny's "I'd hit her with a grown man" line.

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