G.I. Gary’s Pull List Pick of the Week – 8/17/17

August 21, 2017 Author: Gary Viola

Image Comics “Curse Words” #7
Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Ryan Browne

Imagine a world where a singular wizard leaves his dimension and enters ours.  Upon familiarizing himself with his new surroundings, he identifies more towards his new neighbors and rejects his former position.  Now imagine that the ruler of his dimension just got PISSED and sends other wizards after him.  That’s essentially the premise of “Curse Words” envisioned by creators Charles Soule and Ryan Browne.  While this isn’t an entirely original idea, it’s how Charles and Ryan crank up the dial til the knob breaks off by creating familiar situations and taking them beyond their expected outcome.

Here we are at issue 7, the second issue to the second arc and the major players have been established.  Wizord is our protagonist with his “sidekick” Margaret who just happened to have transformed from being a koala. His ex-squeeze Ruby Stitch is now trapped on our world as well after failing to kill him, banished by the master of the Hole World, Sizzajee.  Cut off from the power that Sizzajee provided, Ruby needs to figure out what to do next, as Wizord has already found a solution to that problem. Margaret tended to steal the show as a koala, but her new look is equally interesting, and there’s some real growth in her character.  Wizord also has attracted the attention of the world powers as his magical fights are reigning destruction around him.

Expect more snappy and witty banter, complex characters, exaggerated action, and even some low-brow humor to even things out.  Charles’ writing is a delight as while each character you may not like (Wizord can act like a real arse sometimes) you do want to see what’s going to happen next.

Ryan’s art drew me in at the cover of issue 1, and I continue to be impressed by his clean lines and immersive colors.  I just want to drink them, they look so fluid and lively.  While there’s not too much in the way of magical battles in this issue, there’s still a little of the Hole dimension to see and it looks rightfully hellish and miserable.

“Curse Words” has been a favorite of mine since I picked up issue 1 and is almost always the first book I read off my stack that week. The story is fantastical and the characters are engaging.  The book moves at a great pace, and each issue feels like an event. There also feels to be just the right ammount of irreverance, like it knows its too cool for you if you just don’t get it. If you haven’t picked up this series yet, the first trade paperback is available now, and you can get in on the ground floor.

Until next week! (Or later this week, as John has been too busy at Terrificon to get this fine review out on time!)- Editor

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