Burnouts #1 ‘Aliens And Drugs Don’t Always Mix’
Writer: Dennis Culver
Letters: Dave Dwonch
Spoiler alert: This review may contain spoilers for the first issue of Burnouts from Image Comics.
Imagine a world where aliens from another world were using our bodies as a host. A world where they go unseen from the everyday person. And imagine yet again that the only way one can see these aliens or the bodies they lay inside of is to be high. That is the world of Burnouts from Image Comics.
Truth be told: I wasn’t the biggest fan of this book. But, that said, I thought that Dennis Culver’s writing was good. There’s a good amount of characters here and the establishment of the alien threat. I did think the stoners were your typical type from whatever other book/movie/tv show so this didn’t break much ground with me. They do ground the group a bit with the straight man, in the form of Andy, the kid who ends up trying weed and seeing Aliens.
I think the art worked with the story. This isn’t some crazy serious book where there’s a story with multiple levels of threads and plot. Here, Burnouts gives you the good in the form of Aliens being hit with bats and people puking up Aliens after being kneed in the stomach. The art does give some good humorous visuals. At the same time, I thought the Chris Burnham cover was a bit deceptive of what type of art was inside from artist Geoffo. My bad for not researching it more.
Overall, this wasn’t anything I plan to continue to pick up. However, that’s just me and I am sure there’s plenty of people who will give this book a chance, pick it up and enjoy it. There’s a market for everyone to get the comic they like and this might be for you. For me, it sounded like it would be better than it ended up being. It happens.