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Review: The Worst Dudes #1

The Worst Dudes #1

There seems to be an increase in gonzo comics lately. These comics take situations and put them far over the top with characters fueled by drugs and alcohol and featuring an ever-increasing body count. The Worst Dudes #1 is an example of the trend with a detective story at its core.

The comic revolves around a dirty cop, a drugged-up back-up dancer, and an angsty adolescent god. All of them are tied together by a missing heiress. The result is a first issue that’s vulgar, rude, and really weird. It’s a bit like 90s Lobo but rated-R.

Written by Aubrey Sitterson the comic continues his gonzo over the top storytelling. Sitterson is settling into a style that takes a story we’ve seen before but ramps it up to 11. Nothing is normal here. Every character is a caricature in some way taking a personality aspect and dialing it up to obnoxious levels. The results are an over-the-top delivery where the insanity is part of the fun. There’s a lot one can be offended by but that’s also part of the charm of the comic in that it goes for the raunchy aspects. It mines so many 80s films in that way with making sure each situation is never normal.

Tony Gergori has the impressive task of delivering all of the detail and raunchy visuals. Joined by Lovern Kindzierski on color and Taylor Esposito on lettering, the comic’s visuals are over the top. Sitterson sets up the joke but it’s the art that often delivers the punchline. There’s so much in the small details, it’s crazy what’s packed in. The color pops from the page emphasizing the depravity and forcing you to look and soak in the adult nature of it all. And it delivers laughs. There’s such exaggeration at times it’s hard not to.

The Worst Dudes #1 is a throwback comic in some ways. It celebrates the crazy, over-the-top comics of the past. There’s an almost underground quality about it in the writing and art. There’s also sure to be something to offend a lot of people. It’s a sex, alcohol, and drug-fueled start and I’m sure there’s only worse to come.

Story: Aubrey Sitterson Art: Tony Gregori
Color: Lovern Kindzierski Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Story: 7.85 Art: 7.85 Overall: 7.85 Recommendation: Read

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Aubrey Sitterson and Jed Dougherty Bring Romance Back to Comics

The next project from the wild and untamed mind of Aubrey Sitterson arrives at Dark Horse Comics! Co-created by Sitterson and Jed Dougherty, with colors by Lovern Kindzierski and letters by Taylor EspositoSavage Hearts is equal parts steamy romance, gut-busting comedy, and heart-pounding action. 

In the tradition of your favorite will-they-won’t-they romances, Savage Hearts introduces readers to a brawny barbarian bruiser with a broken heart and a lonely beastman who talks to dinosaurs. What happens when they team up against an evil sorcerer? Sides and skulls alike get split and romance blossoms in this all-new jungle fantasy mini-series!

Exclusive to the print editions is the back-up comic No Kings, No Masters, Aubrey Sitterson and Goran Gligović‘s reimagining of Robin Hood! So be sure to preorder your physical copy at your local comic shop!

Savage Hearts #1 (of five) will be in comic shops on July 14, 2021.

Savage Hearts #1

Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology Continues at Dark Horse Comics

Bestselling and award-winning author Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology adaptation continues at Dark Horse Comics from Eisner-winning comics legend P. Craig Russell, along with artists Matt Horak, Mark Buckingham, Gabriel Walta, Sandy Jarrell, and colorist Lovern Kindzierski in Norse Mythology II. Be sure to check out the variant covers for each issue by David Mack.  

Explore the origins of poetry—good and bad—in this tale of malicious dwarfs, suspicious giants, and the wise god Kvasir, whose eventual fate leads to the creation of a powerful mead that many will fight and die for.

Norse Mythology II #1 (of six) will be in comic shops on June 16, 2021.

Aubrey Sitterson, Tony Gregori, Lovern Kindzierski, and Taylor Esposito Introduce Us to The Worst Dudes

Noted reprobates Aubrey Sitterson and Tony Gregori along with colorist Lovern Kindzierski and letterer extraordinaire Taylor Esposito bring this hilarious, aggressively weird, and willfully vulgar detective story to life in The Worst Dudes!    

In a new series that can be loosely described as Lobo meets The Big Lebowski, a dirty cop, a drugged-up back-up dancer, and an angsty adolescent god—the absolute worst dudes in the galaxy—are on a raunch-filled hunt for a missing pop star. And from there it gets very strange. Maybe inadvisably so.

The Worst Dudes #1 (of five) will hit comic shops on June 2, 2021.

The Worst Dudes #1

Neil Gaiman’s American Gods Gets an Oversized Hardcover

Experience The Complete American Gods comic series collected into a deluxe, oversized hardcover. Adapted by P. Craig Russell from the award-winning novel by Neil Gaiman, this complete edition of American Gods comes with a slipcase illustrated by David Mack and a bookmark ribbon with a gold pattern.     

Shadow Moon, fresh out of jail, finds his wife dead, his life in shambles, and nowhere to turn. But a chance meeting with the mysterious Mr. Wednesday thrusts him into the center of a conflict between new and old gods, where the future of human and divine life is at stake.

The Complete American Gods hardcover collects American Gods: Shadows #1-9, American Gods: My Ainsel #1-9, and American Gods: The Moment of the Storm #1-9 featuring art by Scott Hampton, P. Craig Russell, Glenn Fabry, Walter Simonson, Colleen Doran, Mark Buckingham, and Galen Showman with colors by Scott Hampton, Lovern Kindzierski, Laura Martin, Colleen Doran, Adam Brown, and Jennifer T. Lange.

It will be available everywhere books are sold on September 14, 2021. It is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, TFAW, and at your local comic shop and bookstore. The Complete American Gods sits at 720-pages and will retail for $124.99. It is the perfect addition to any Neil Gaiman collection.

Dark Horse Explores Asgard with Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology

Dark Horse Comics has announced the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology into comic book form! Featuring a pantheon of award-winning artists, including Mike Mignola, P. Craig Russell, and Jerry OrdwayNorse Mythology is adapted into comics by Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell. Colorists Dave Stewart and Lovern Kindzierski and letterer Galen Showman round out the creative team in this amazing first issue. This new series will feature covers by P. Craig Russell with colors by Lovern Kindzierski and variant covers by David Mack. Subsequent issues of Norse Mythology (18 issues total) will feature a mix of major interior artists to be announced later.

After previously writing about deities in American Gods and The Sandman, Gaiman finally brings readers to follow the northern gods in their own setting in this comic book adaptation of the hit novel! Gaiman and P. Craig Russell breathe new life into the ancient Norse stories by taking readers through the creation of the Nine Worlds to the epic origin and adventures of Thor, Odin, and Loki all the way to the end of life—Ragnarök.

The first issue of Norse Mythology goes on sale May 27, 2020.

Norse Mythology

Preview: Breakneck #2

BREAKNECK #2

Writer Duane Swierczynski
Artists Simone Guglielmini, Raffaele Semeraro, Lovern Kindzierski
Cover A: Simone Guglielmini & Raffaele Semeraro
Cover B: Steve Scott
Publisher: Titan Comics
Imprint: Hard Case Crime
FC, 32pp, $3.99, On Sale January 9, 2018

Two hours to save Philadelphia! Thrust into a terrorist plot, can Joe save those he loves… even if he needs the secret agent in bed with his wife?

A madcap new countdown thriller from Duane Swierczynski (‘Punisher’, ‘Deadpool’)

Breakneck #2

Preview: Breakneck #2

BREAKNECK #2

Writer Duane Swierczynski
Artists Simone Guglielmini, Raffaele Semeraro, Lovern Kindzierski
Cover A: Simone Guglielmini & Raffaele Semeraro
Cover B: Steve Scott
Publisher: Titan Comics
Imprint: Hard Case Crime
FC, 32pp, $3.99, On Sale January 9, 2018

Two hours to save Philadelphia! Thrust into a terrorist plot, can Joe save those he loves… even if he needs the secret agent in bed with his wife?

A madcap new countdown thriller from Duane Swierczynski (‘Punisher’, ‘Deadpool’)

Breakneck #2

Preview: Breakneck #1

BREAKNECK #1

Writer Duane Swierczynski
Artists Simone Guglielmini, Raffaele Semeraro, Lovern Kindzierski
COVER A: Fay Dalton
COVER B: Simone Guglielmini
COVER C: Will Conrad
FC • 56pp • $5.99
On Sale December 5, 2018

A countdown thriller in modern-day Philadelphia, perfect for fans of 24, HOMELAND, and FALLING DOWN!

From celebrated crime and comics author DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI (DEADPOOL, THE PUNISHER, THE WHEELMAN)!

When everyman Joe Hayward confronts his cheating wife, he stumbles on a terrorist plot!

With just two hours to save Philly, Joe needs all the help he can get – even the government agent sleeping with his wife!

Illustrated in dynamic and seedy detail by SIMONE GUGLIELMINI (NEAR DEATH), LOVERN KINDZIERSKI (ANIMAL MAN), and RAFFAELE SEMERARO (ZOMBIE WITH A SHOTGUN).

Preview: Sword of Ages #5

Sword of Ages #5

Gabriel Rodríguez (w & a & c) • Lovern Kindzierski (colors)

War! It all ends here with the climatic conclusion to an epic two-issue battle! Will Avalon and her companions emerge victorious against the combined might of the Red Clan and the Templar Order? Do our heroes have what it takes to prevail?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Almost American
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