Thursday, February 1, 2018

Review: CURSE WORDS #1

IMAGE COMICS – @ImageComics

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

STORY: Charles Soule
ART: Ryan Browne
COLORS: Ryan Browne, Jordan Boyd, and Michael Parkinson
LETTERS: Chris Crank, Ryan Browne, and Shawn DePasquale
COVER: Ryan Browne
VARIANT COVERS: Skottie Young; Ryan Browne; Simon
36pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (January 2017)

Rated M / Mature

Curse Words is a new ongoing fantasy comic book series from Image Comics.  It is the creation of bestselling comic book writer Charles Soule, known for his work on Daredevil and Death of Wolverine (both from Marvel Comics), and artist Ryan Browne, known for his comic book, God Hates Astronauts (also published by Image Comics).

Curse Words #1 introduces a world in which a wizard appears one day in New York City, specifically Central Park.  Of course, the first people to encounter him end up in an unfortunate situation.

His name is Wizord and he claims that he has come to Earth to protect the planet from dark magical forces that are bent on the world's destruction.  Well, that world falls in love with Wizord and his slick personality and eye-popping magic.  However, what the people of Earth don't know is Wizord's extremely dark past, and that evil is about to come calling.

Visually and graphically, the art of Ryan Browne makes Curse Words stand out.  I think the best choice that writer Charles Soule made is having Browne as his storytelling partner because his striking art makes this fantasy series truly different from anything else.  No one will look at Curse Words and say, “Eww, not another Vertigo dark fantasy comic book.”  Also, because the coloring is so cranked up, Curse Words looks as if it is taking place in a world riffing on a magical mind-altering substance.

It would be easy to say that Curse Words has potential, but the story has already met the potential promised by Browne's eye-catching cover composition.  I think this series could be a standout.  We shall see...

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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