The hype is real, people. Curse Words #1 by Charles Soule (Letter 44, Daredevil) and Ryan Browne (God Hates Astronauts) is ******* magical! If the issues that follow are as entertaining as this one, Curse Words could be one of the best new ongoing titles of 2017. Yes, I just made that statement, and no, Charles and Ryan didn’t pay me to.
Full disclosure. I am not the biggest fan of Charles Soule. In fact, I almost passed on this book because I could never get into the stuff he’s done for the Big Two. Who knows how much of that has to do with the influence of editors, mandated storylines, blah, blah, blah. Regardless of my hesitation, I gave the book a try because I wanted to see what Charles could do at Image, where there are no outside influences and Charles would have sole reign of his creation. The verdict. Charles is a genius and back in my good graces (as if he cares).
What The F Is ‘Curse Words’
Let me set the stage for you. Curse Words is about Wizord, a long-bearded dude that comes from another planet ruled by a bad ass. Turns out, that bad ass wants to wipe out Earth and sends Wizord to do his bidding. After spending about a month on Earth, Wizord discovers that life on Earth is actually better than where he hails from, and decides to be Earth’s protector rather than damner. For the price of sapphires, Wizord is in the business of granting us mere humans a wish that he can turn into reality because, well, he’s a magical wizard. Did I mention he has a talking koala bear as a sidekick named margaret (#teammargaret)? Yeah, he does, and it’s totally cool. The hook to this book is that Wizord does some pretty awful things to hide why he was truly sent to Earth.
Ryan Browne was born to draw this book because his God Hates Astronauts art style fits perfectly with fun and outlandishness of everything. Hats off to Jordan Boyd and Michael Parkinson for the color they laid down on this book because it makes every single page pop.
Consume Review Repeat gives Curse Words #1 a 10 out of 10 Gandol staffs!