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Pirate Club #2
Written by Derek Hunter and Elias Pate
Art by Derek Hunter

It’s hard to like stories about children. If they’re aimed at kids, they tend to be so insipid you’d rather take a brick in the face than stay with them. Then there’re ones aimed at adults. Better, but they usually devolve into sentimental muck about the innocence of childhood and “how much better things used to be." That, or they morph the children into miniature grown-ups who crack wise about taxes and politicians.

Pirate Club, on the other hand, has the gumption to portray kids like the rotten, self-centered little bastards they are and let you love them for it.

The second issue picks up with Mikey, John, and Bearclaw abruptly informing the mother of their late pal J.J. that “he drowned to death," before scurrying off into the bushes. Convinced their accidental murder has the cops hot on their tails, the boys go to their mentor, local ex-pirate/garbageman Phil, for advice. The old man’s a bit stunned but manages to advise the Pirates to skip town before the heat comes down on them (Man, I’m just crankin’ out the old school lingo today, ain’t I?). The boys rob their parents, beat up some nerds, and collect on old debts, pooling their booty together and setting sail for new territories ripe for plunder.

I have to admit that the first issue of Pirate Club didn’t really do anything for me. The art wasn’t very strong, the plot seemed a bit weak, and the characters were… well, they were mean little bastards who ended up killing one of their own members before the issue wrapped. Not the greatest debut.

Issue #2, on the other hand, gets things moving double-time.

Where the last outing lacked in both piracy and gang warfare ('cause what else is a club but a gang?), this entrée tends to both requirements nicely. What I enjoy most, however, is the way it embraces the idea of being a menacing young boy. I mean, it sounds weird, but these childhood romps are almost never about being a kid. Instead, they’re supposed to serve as some great message on human nature or society or individuality or some other high-falootin’ crap.

In the case of Lord of the Flies, the combination was dynamite and it suddenly got a lot easier to imagine the kids playing basketball across the street crushing each others’ heads in with rocks. But in every other diatribe using children to get a message across, kids are just filling in for adults.

Yes, even on South Park.

Hell, especially on South Park.

Pirate Club isn’t about kids falling into consumerism, media hype, or growing pains. Cause, ya’ see, kids don’t look at things that way. To a kid, the whole world revolves around themselves. They group up into little tribes and do everything they can to show they’re better than everyone else. There are no consequences for anything. Reality? Bah! An honest day’s work? You gotta be kidding. School? To the plank with ye!

I don’t know if I’d call it the next Adventures of Tom Sawyer, but Pirate Club follows in that same grand tradition of boyhood fantasy. It’s irreverent, disrespectful, and even a bit endearing at times. Kinda like The Goonies gone horribly wrong.

And that’s a good thing.


Jason Schachat

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