A Hollywood murder mystery with the Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton

The Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton
(Image credit: Chris Schweizer (Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment))

Writer Kyle Starks and artist Chris Schweizer are reuniting in 2021 for a murder mystery set in the Hollywood backlots in The Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton. 

Debuting this summer from Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment, The Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton is about the murder of action TV star Tigger Keaton, and his six now-former movie sidekicks who are hunting his murderer. Their list of suspects is rather large, however… as Keaton was Hollywood's most unlikeable movie star.

"Chris came to me and suggested the remarkable title which we crafted into the tale of six former kid TV sidekicks trying to solve the murder of their awful human TV mentor," Starks says in the announcement. "Sort of like Knives Out meets Once Upon A Time In Hollywood? If there are two things I love to write, it's charming dummies and action, and this book is full of both plus rising stakes, escalating nonsense, and a lot of fun. Comics should be fun, so we made a fun one!"

Here's a preview:

It's Knives Out meets Once Upon A Time in Hollywood with a sprinkle of Monk and Psych in a story from the men behind the recent Mars Attacks comic.

(Image credit: Chris Schweizer (Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment))

"Kyle and I are opposites in almost every way, with extremely different artistic and narrative priorities, except for one that we share: we both want to do our very best work, and we want that work to resonate with its audience," says Schweizer. "And that sentiment is enough for us to end up seeing eye-to-eye on things and helps to turn our disagreements over story or its execution into a whetstone that sharpens it up into something that we hope we can be proud of. We were keen to take an action story and structure it around a mystery."

The Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton #1 goes on sale on June 9. Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment hasn't specified the length of the series.

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Chris Arrant

Chris Arrant covered comic book news for Newsarama from 2003 to 2022 (and as editor/senior editor from 2015 to 2022) and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)