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Preview: Justice Warriors #4

Justice Warriors #4

(W) Matt Bors
(A) Ben Clarkson
Cover A: Ben Clarkson
Cover B: Matt Bors
September 21, 2022
$4.99

Continuing the smash-hit miniseries co-created by Pulitzer nominee Matt Bors! The Prince of Bubble City, feeling unpopular, orders helicopters to drop pallets of cash on the impoverished Uninhabited Zone, stirring its denizens into chaos. That, and the onslaught of the revolutionary Libra Gang, add up to another lousy shift for UZ cops Swamp and Schitt.

Justice Warriors #4

Review: Justice Warriors #3

Justice Warriors #3

Desperate mutants riot in the Uninhabited Zone! Swamp and Schitt and their fellow riot police fight back! No one in charge knows what to do about it—until the pampered Prince of Bubble City gets one of his terrible ideas! Justice Warriors #3 continues a series that’s laugh out loud funny and amazing in how much it skewers our modern society.

Written by Matt Bors and Ben Clarkson, Justice Warriors #3 is another amazing issue and maybe the best one yet. Broken police, idiotic fiscal policy, new age hippies, and so much more is torn apart for laughs. And it’s really funny. I found myself laughing out loud multiple times in the issue as it gets better and better as the issue progresses.

Bors and Clarkson do an amazing job of taking so many of our society’s ills and giving them the middle finger. The duo take so much of what we know is going on and just eviscerates the logic behind it while delivering laughs. The police are utterly corrupt and worthless. The government leadership too. There’s about 5 years worth headlines shat on and made fun of in this issue alone. And it’s all deserved and then some.

But, most importantly the two creators can keep things fun. The comic is entertaining and delivers laughs. And it plays with expectations at times to do all of the above. A character’s last name creates one of the best punchlines of the issue while at the same time challenging standards of society and our ingrained expectations. Or, you can just enjoy the laugh.

Clarkson’s are is fantastic as usual. With color by Felipe Sobreiro and lettering by Bors, the visuals are as much of the joke as the writing. There’s so much detail and every character adding to the world and story. There’ a lot of thought put into all of that to help land the jokes and build the world. The visuals, like the story, features layers where you can enjoy them on the surface or dive deeper for an exploration of further meaning.

And as with AHOY comics, there’s extras including a single page comic strip from Bors and an essay written by John Ficarra and art by Carol Lay. It’s all a bonus considering how good the main comic is.

Justice Warriors #3 is another amazing issue and some of the smartest writing on the shelf right now. It delivers laughs and witty satire in a unique and entertaining package.

Story: Matt Bors, Ben Clarkson, John Ficarra Art: Ben Clarkson, Carol Lay
Color: Felipe Sobreiro Letterer: Matt Bors
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

AHOY Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: Zeus ComicscomiXology/Kindle

Preview: Justice Warriors #3

Justice Warriors #3

(W) Matt Bors
(A) Ben Clarkson
Cover A: Ben Clarkson
Cover B: Matt Bors
August 17, 2022
$4.99

Continuing the outrageous series by Pulitzer-nominee Matt Bors and filmmaker Ben Clarkson. Desperate mutants riot in the Uninhabited Zone! Swamp & Schitt and their fellow riot police fight back! No one in charge knows what to do about it—until the pampered Prince of Bubble City gets one of his terrible ideas!

Justice Warriors #3

Review: Justice Warriors #2

Justice Warriors #2

Reality is pretty insane right now. Things look bleak. They get weirder by the day. It’s a tragedy within a comedy within a tragedy. Thankfully we have some brilliant people out there who have no issue finding the absurd and skewering it in so many ways. Justice Warriors #2 continues its quest to needle so much of the utter bullshit.

Written by Matt Bors and Ben Clarkson, Justice Warriors #2 continues as Swamp and Schitt must deal with the riots occurring around the city. First, due to a plot to drive record sales to spur the economy. Then, having to do with bread and speculation. In between that we get digs into Crypto/NFTs, “special months”, and so much more.

Justice Warriors #2 takes the insanity and ramps it up to massive levels. While the first issue gave us a scheme to drive record sales and for elected officials to profit off of that, this one shifts the focus to even more insane investments, this time dealing with bread. It’s hard to not think about Crypto and NFTs while reading either of these plots. At times you can swear you’ve heard the same pitches about each of those. But, at least bread has a use, unlike digital goods.

Then there’s the constant “special causes” that are promoted. With an arrest you get a cancer screening. A gun is green due to mental health awareness. It’s all small mocking of our commodification and exploitation of causes. Small jokes that have clear targets. And of course Bors and Clarkson just one-up each reference with an even more absurd next one.

The art is as much of the joke as anything else. Each scene is packed with visuals that’ll get you to pause and try to pick up on every small detail. This is a wacky world where mutants are plenty and every detail is a specific choice. It’s interesting to look and try to figure out the visual decisions that were made and how they enhance not just the story and jokes but the whole point that’s being made.

As with AHOY Comics, the issue has a lot of extras including a one page comic done totally by Borrs as well as two prose entries. They’re all nice additions to the comic and feel like a bonus but this comic is sold by the main comic all by itself, it’s that solid.

Justice Warriors #2 does a fantastic job of delivering laughs while skewering our society. It works as a mad camp of a cop story that goes in directions that are completely unexpected. The creative team delivers a read where you have no idea what they’re going to punch next and what jokes are coming.

Story: Matt Bors, Ben Clarkson, Kirk Vanderbeek, Robert Jeschonek
Art: Ben Clarkson, Matt Bors, Peter Bagge
Color: Felipe Sobreiro Letterer: Matt Bors

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

AHOY Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: Zeus ComicscomiXology/Kindle

Preview: Justice Warriors #2

Justice Warriors #2

(W) Matt Bors
(A) Ben Clarkson
Cover A: Ben Clarkson
Cover B: Matt Bors
July 13, 2022
$4.99

The outrageous series that’s “just the perfect amount of demented” (Bill Oakley, The Simpsons) continues! Bullets fly and profits fall as one financial bubble comes crashing down—inciting riots in the Uninhabited Zone—and a worse one rises to take its place! Veteran cop Swamp and rookie Schitt must patch up their differences and restore order in the frantic minutes before the second bubble collapses!

Justice Warriors #2

Review: Justice Warriors #1

Justice Warriors #1

When Matt Bors‘ name is on a comic, you know it’s going to be a satirical look at our world, skewering something. Justice Warriors #1 takes on a lot taking jabs at a lot of institutions and delivering a lot of laughs while doing so.

Bors and Ben Clarkson take us to the future where society lives in perfection under a dome while everyone that doesn’t deals with squalor and crime. The story follows two police officers one of which falls in the line of duty while attempting to take on a gang. The surviving officer Swamp Cop must teach naïve rookie Schitt about the beat and what it means to be a cop.

Take every goofy cliché from police television shows and films and throw them together and you have just a small taste of Justice Warriors #1.

Bors and Clarkson take things so much further skewering modern society as a whole with product pitches during funerals and normal human resource work activities also having product pitches. Add in a Mayor who is more interested in album sales than fixing issues and you have a combination that’ll leave you with a smile on your face and then frustrated at how close to home the comic hits.

The police show utter lack of any want to protect society and are full of incompetence that hits the news in what feels like every day. Politicians and their utterly useless staff have a complete disconnect from reality instead focused on the valueless bubble that is celebrity and digital metrics. It does what this type of story does best, rips apart reality.

Clarkson provides the art while Bors handles the lettering and Felipe Sobreiro handles the colors. The comic is packed with as many visual jokes as come out in dialogue. It all comes together for a fun machine gun delivery of humor that’ll keep readers on their toes. The world is futuristic and the team is able to mix in mutants and even a head that looks like an emoji poop with such ease readers won’t even question it. It’s all fantastic.

Justice Warriors #1 also includes two additional stories by Bors that feature all the witty humor you’d expect from him. It’s a fantastic start delivering everything I hoped it’d be and then some. Just a fantastic read that’ll have you laughing at the absurdity and then crying at the reality it skewers.

Story: Matt Bors, Ben Clarkson Art: Ben Clarkson
Color: Felipe Sobreiro Letterer: Matt Bors
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Purchase: comiXology/KindleZeus Comics

Preview: Justice Warriors #1

Justice Warriors #1

(W) Matt Bors (A/CA) Ben Clarkson
In Shops: Jun 08, 2022
SRP: $4.99

First issue of a new dystopian satire, written and cocreated by cartoonist, publisher, and Pulitzer Prize finalist Matt Bors! Outside the walls of prosperous Bubble City, two tense cops patrol the Uninhabited Zone, a vast slum where most of the population lives, many of them mutants. After his partner is killed by a self-driving bus, traumatized veteran Swamp Cop must teach naive rookie Schitt that the UZ can only be policed by breaking every rule!

Justice Warriors #1

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day! What are you all planning on getting? Sound off in the comments below! While you decide on that, here’s some comic related news from around the web to start the day.

The Beat – INTERVIEW: Matt Bors and Ben Clarkson talk JUSTICE WARRIORS – Can’t wait to check this out.

ComicBook – Amanda Waller Series In Development at HBO Max, Viola Davis to Return – She’s a hell of an actor and the highlight of everything she’s in… so yes please!

Viola Davis as Amanda Waller