Curse Words #1 – Review
If Jerry Garcia were alive today, Curse Words, would have been proud to have been its influence. From comic publisher, Image Comics, written and colored by Charles Soule, Ryan Browne, and with Skottie Young, Jordan Boyd, Shawn DePasquale, and Chris Crank, Curse Words takes storytelling into cosmic realm of magic and mayhem. An elemental magical warrior, called Wizord, is teleported by a supreme grandmaster Sizzaajee to possibly destroy all of Earth or enslave it. But a funny thing happened while preparing for his boss’s grand arrival to rule over Earth, the one thing Wizord did not count on, the discovery of freedom.
The story starts with an elemental magical warrior called Wizord who carries a staff that helps with incantations and spells as well as a weapon. He’s teleported to a NYC park. On a mission of conquest, he is sent in advance to prepare for the arrival of Sizzaajee, a powerful omnipotent being from another universe. Accompanied by his assistant, a sewer rat, has arranged a place to stay and stock all necessary items in order to complete his mission. Using a hot, boiling, black cauldron, he brews the spell’s components to bridge the two universes together. Since it will take some time for the spell to ferment and reach full potential, Wizord and his rat explore their NYC surroundings.
His first encounter with humans ends in a sour encounter as two NYC police officers startled Wizord. Not understanding their language, Wizord turned them into statues. Later, while looking for ingredients for his spell, became frustrated with people’s bantering around him til he used a spell of understanding turning ordinary conversation tolerable. Once he understood what was being spoken, he began to ask why hasn’t anyone enslaved these people? Where are their masters? A simple hotdog vender replies, “We are all free!” Wizord begins to see what the vendor was talking about and postpone the casting of the spell. This leaves Sizzaajee angry and plots to have another warriors atone for his lack of vision. It’s not too long when a surprise attack at his penthouse suite by another elemental warrior Cornwall takes vengeance upon him. Wizord realize that freedom will be an uphill battle to protect and preserve.
Curse Words is by far one of the most intriguing yet cosmic comic book I have ever read. And that’s not entirely a bad thing. As so long the storyline is not hindered with too much magical wizardry and does not shorten character development, I’m fine with it. Like I said earlier, if Jerry Garcia (member of the Grateful Dead group), had lived to see this comic book published, he might have enjoyed it as he’s being paid homage to. Absolutely love that in order to enjoy the finer things NYC has to offer, like a penthouse apartment, fine clothes and chopper (a type of motorcycle) to ride on, Wizord has a change of heart and makes Earth his new home. Also, as an elemental being, he makes a living as a Wizard for hire.Then why, one ask, does an elemental wizard need to make a living? Why can’t he command all the desire of his heart and “Poof” there it is? I think the reason is that freedom offers it’s rewards for those who protect it and quite enjoys it more than his former residence. Due out Jan 2017.
Rating: Storyline: 5 Ink, Graphics,and Coloring: 5 Character development: 4. Must Read: 4