We Swear Curse Words is Other Worldy - Geek.com

Curse Words, published by Image Comics, is the new series from superstar writer Charles Soule, who has done a ton of work at Marvel and DC in the past few years, and artist Ryan Browne, best known for his work on the comedic God Hates Astronauts. Browne’s work on GHA was a fan-favorite, getting it picked up from being a webcomic to being published at Image. Now, he reunites with Soule for a new series, a story of magic in New York City, with all of the best qualities of both creators.

Curse Words #1

(W) Charles Soule (A) Ryan Browne, Jordan Boyd

“THE DEVIL’S DEVIL,” Part One The new ongoing series from CHARLES SOULE (Daredevil, Death of Wolverine, Star Wars) and RYAN BROWNE (GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS) is COMING FOR YOU! A wizard has appeared in New York City, and he’s casting wonderful spells, getting famous, getting rich-it’s great! But it’s not. This wizard has everyone fooled. He is actually an EVIL WIZARD, and EVIL THINGS are on the way. CURSE WORDS is a gonzo modern fantasy, full of darkness, light…and MAGIC.

We Swear Curse Words is Other Worldy - Geek.com

While Gods Hates Astronauts had its fanbase, I personally never really got into it. Comedy is hard to do in comics, and it’s very rare that it works. Comedy is relative, and while comics can utilize visual humor easily, it’s a lot harder for a joke to be told, which is where God Hates fell off for me. Curse Words works better to Browne’s strengths, with all of the humor coming off of the setup and characters. Talking koalas, the clashing of the wizard aesthetic with modern day New York, and Browne’s use of brighter colors all add to the tone of the book.

We Swear Curse Words is Other Worldy - Geek.com

The book works really, really well, and I chalk a lot of that up to Soule’s work on the book. A solid premise, script, characters and Soule’s sensibilities bring Browne’s eccentricity down to earth. Soule is no stranger to comics with a lighter tone, with his work on Marvel’s She-Hulk being a personal favorite of mine. He constantly puts out a ton of books at Marvel and DC, and while I cannot always get down with his work, it is nice to see him let loose on a creator-owned project, the last example of which that I can remember is his work on the Letter 44 series for Oni Press.

Curse Words #1 is an unyielding debut issue for Soule and Browne, two creators that I am not always hot on. It’s epic with just the right amount of silly, and unlike anything else coming out currently. Written by Charles Soule with art by Ryan Browne, Curse Words #1 is published by Image Comics and releases  in print and online at Comixology.com next Wednesday, January 18th.

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