What’s a cockroach to a boot, flip-flops, insecticides or a broom? Nothing. Unless that cockroach is Viper, and all the many other bugs in Kpakow, a comic published by TAG Comics, the most exciting African comic publisher in 2019.
The story of Viper begins with the death of Viper’s father at the hands of Kpakow, a human who channels his frustration onto the poor cockroach. What is simply bug squashing as far as Kpakow is concerned, sends Viper on a quest for revenge.
Viper mostly succeeds but ends up a high profile target of a cartel of mosquitoes to who consider Viper a threat to their food supply and continued existence.
A simple act of vengeance evolves into a full-on manhunt for Viper, serums, massive collateral damage, a rebellious underground and more drama than any cockroach should ever have to put any creature through, humans included.
This new chapter in the Kpakow comic by TAG Comics is refreshing, hilarious and ingenious. Who would’ve thought the life of a cockroach could be this interesting? The story of this insect avenger is unlike any other within African comics.
In Viper, we have a character we would typically not root for, become a fighter, an entertainer, a superhero and a beloved crusader who readers want to succeed at all costs. If the comments are any indicator, Viper’s tale is one that will be told for a long time.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about Viper is the many pop-culture references that interlace the story. From Morpheus offering the red and blue pill to dodging flip-flop attacks in Matrix-style, to The Godfather references down to even Men In Black, the story of Viper delivers fun and a hilarious dose of pop-culture references.
Another good thing going for the story is the style of Etu Prince Etu, the principal artist on the comic. The art doesn’t try to be perfect, instead, it simply conveys the story it intends to tell. In its simplicity, Viper is a gorgeous tale of a peerless hero.