Review: Barbaric: Axe to Grind #1

Barbaric: Axe to Grind #1

Owen is back with his maniacal axe in an all-new adventure with all new companions! Something is back from his past and Owen will set off with Soren and Steel to take on the evil orc warlord that has returned. Barbaric: Axe to Grind #1 is everything that made the first volume great with over the top action, some down to earth characters, and a lot of laughs.

Written by Michael Moreci, Barbaric: Axe to Grind #1 drops readers right into the action. Owen and his buddy Axe are taking on vampires in hopes of freeing their friend Steel from the vampire’s control. With Soren there to help, the battle is as chaotic as one would expect with laughs a plenty as Axe drinks the blood of vampires and lets us know what it thinks. The comic hasn’t missed a beat at all with an opening that’s just so over the top, it’s great.

Moreci also does a fantastic job of creating a comic that’s new reader friendly. The issue at hand is clearly laid out as well as the adventure to come. We get a sense about Owen for those new and his companions are explained as well. You can caught up easily and enjoy the ride as if you missed nothing at all.

The art by Nathan Gooden is fantastic. With color by Addison Duke and lettering by Jim Campbell, the comic is so over the top with the visuals. Blood and gore flow as Owen and the crew battle vampires and then a kraken and there’s also a good bar fight in-between. There’s nothing subtle about this comic and Gooden’s art just enhances that aspect of the story.

Barbaric: Axe to Grind #1 is another fantastic debut for the series and a must for fans of the first volume and fantasy fans. It both embraces and spoofs the barbarian questing genre and most importantly entertains with every detail.

Story: Michael Moreci Art: Nathan Gooden
Color: Addison Duke Letterer: Jim Campbell
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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