PVP Vol. 1: At Large

August 23, 2004 | Trades


PVP Vol. 1: At Large
Scott Kurtz
Image Comics
$11.95 US (paperback)
**** (out of five)

To say PVP is a funny comic strip doesn’t seem to do it justice.
How about: PVP is milk-coming-out-of-your-nose funny?
Creator Scott Kurtz’s witty and wild web comic (www.pvponline.com) migrated to the printed form a while ago and is now even more accessible in At Large, the second collection of printed PVP strips.
Set in a fictional video game magazine office, PVP follows the sophomoric antics of the staff: Francis, the teenaged office tech and video game nut; Brent, the magazine’s pompous creative director; Jade, the lone female on staff, who is determined to prove women like gaming too; Cole, the editor-in-chief and resident Dungeon Master; and Skull, the office intern, who also happens to be a kindhearted, big, blue troll.
From office-wide Nerf gun wars to a hilarious Dungeons & Dragons revival and a scathing send-up of The Matrix (a cow instead of Keanu in The Mootrix), At Large shows Kurtz’s sharp eye for the picking out and poking fun at the inherent ridiculousness of both gaming and pop culture.
A strong mix of stand-alone gags and multi-page tales, PVP should be required reading for fans of comic strips.

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