I have read Charles Soule comics, and knew he is a capable writer. I loved his run on Inhuman, while I found Uncanny Inhumans to be hit or miss at times. Now I don’t think that is entirely his fault, as the book had been bogged down with Civil War II, and other constant moving pieces at Marvel, but I did find it to drag at times. But this review isn’t for Soule’s work at Marvel, which also includes Daredevil, and the mutant and inhuman events, Death of X and Inhumans vs. X-Men, but a new book from Image. How is it? Fantastic. Moments like these make me happy to see creators who are held back by the big two, getting to let loose and really shine on characters they created themselves.
Curse Words #1 wastes no time getting right into its lighthearted nature. We see a musician named Johnny begging Wizord (who is the bearded character you see on the cover) to make him platinum. Now this seems like the usual kind of request in stories featuring The Devil and a musician selling his soul to become a star, but the request is literal. Johnny, the character who seems to channel Justin Bieber, wants to literally be made of platinum. Wizord, who is a wizard-for-hire, fulfills his request in a funny and silly scene which launches us into not only the appearance of someone from our main wizard’s past, but also a flashback of how he came to our world. It is interesting, fun, and it really sets the series up for a ton of possibilities.
Ryan Browne draws the hell out of this comic. There are panels and pages that I want as posters or prints on my wall. The colors with the help of Jordan Boyd, and Michael Parkinson are bright and give everything a really cool digital painted effect. I have seen this art style before, don’t get me wrong, and it can be jarring, but I am happy to say that isn’t the case here. It is beautiful, and even amidst the chaos, you still stop and admire how pretty it really is. There is a really fantasy element to it, and while it doesn’t look anything like Dauterman’s work on The Mighty Thor, I feel it works in a similar way to compliment the story.
Curse Words is a comic I would absolutely recommend without any hesitation. We have seen some really great magic comics lately, and not just Doctor Strange, but titles like Ether, Seven to Eternity, and The Wicked + The Divine. Curse Words so far, even with this one issue seems to belong in that great company. This issue does enough to set up a premise that is both fun, and refreshing. Wizord is just plain awesome, and his past leaves enough shadiness for us to question him, but for now, he does seem to be the wizard we need. Also, this comic has a centaur in it, and that gives it an extra point for that alone. I think we have a great series in the making. To be blunt, this comic casts a spell of @$#& awesome!
Story: Charles Soule Art: Ryan Browne Color: Ryan Browne, Jordan Boyd, Michael Parkinson
Story: 9.5 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy
Image provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review