Curse Words #1

Curse Words #1

Writer: Charles Soule Artist: Jordan Boyd Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: January 18, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 11
8.4Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

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"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.

  • 9.7
    Slackjaw Punks - Regan Lorie Jan 19, 2017

    Soule and Browne clearly work well together, and Curse Words, as I fully expected, is further evidence of this. Its funny, its original, its smart. Its got magic, wizards, and something called a hogtaur. (Nothing says party time like mythical creatures looking to carry out a hit. Shit, it worked for Star Wars.) So on the quest for your next good time in forty pages or less, give Curse Words a holler. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Capeless Crusader - Jeremy Radick Nov 15, 2016

    A book about a magical antihero isn't new under the sun, but the wit and black comedy of Curse Words #1 feels fresh and loaded with enough charm to give it a distinct feel. It's a book both funny and yet one that doesn't treat its character as a joke. With a protagonist this intriguing, a concept this well executed, and a sense of humor this enjoyable, Curse Words #1 is bound to be among the most fun and compelling first issues you'll find. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicsverse - Kay Honda Jan 26, 2017

    Magic, NYC and a koala sidekick. If any of these things catch your interest, CURSE WORDS will more than oblige in dealing out all the entertainment you need. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Jan 22, 2017

    Image Comics has been knocking out home run after home run for this new year. In 2017 alone, I have read some of the best debut issues in recent memory. Curse Words now joins those ranks, and depending on how this series goes, this could be a strong contender for one of the best series of 2017. Already sold out with a second print on the way, I cant stress the quality of this book and how hooked you will be upon reading this mystical debut. Magic has a new name, and hes ready to beat down any boy wizards in his way. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nerdist - Benjamin Bailey Nov 14, 2016

    After reading the first issue of Curse Words, we're hooked. Charles Soule and Ryan Browne have a winner on their hands, no doubt. Though some of the humor is a little dated already, as jokes about popular music poke fun at the early 2000s, these are minor complaints. We're onboard for the adventures of Wizord, his Koala Bear familiar, and his sweet, sweet beard. Harry Potter can suck it, Wizord is the magic user we need. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Nikki Sherman Dec 1, 2016

    Curse Words is a book I've been waiting for for quite some time now. It certainly doesn't disappoint. While the pacing could have been a bit better, I sincerely enjoyed the ideas presented in this first issue and the promises of more entertainment yet to come.Curse Words just might be the most unabashed fun I've had this year. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Anthony Composto Dec 7, 2016

    Call your local comic shop ASAP and tell them to add this book to your pull list, even if fantasy isn't typically your bag.Curse Wordsisn't onlyfor magic fans. It's for fans of interestingcharacters, subtle humor, and intrigue. Plus it's easy on the eyes.Why wouldn't you read it? Don't you like nice things? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Joe Ryan Jan 18, 2017

    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! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Pop-Break - Alisha Weinberger Jan 19, 2017

    You shall not pass"on Charles Soule and Ryan Brownes Curse Words. Fans of Deadpool will appreciate the metatext and millennial satire, Rick and Morty lovers or any Adult Swim viewers will love the tongue-in-cheek combination of the fantastical and mundane. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Jan 20, 2017

    Even though Wizord can promise no curse, wars, or loves, this book can promise a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Jan 18, 2017

    “Curse Words” #1 is a blastand will appeal to an audience who might not be into your more serious high fantasy epic. Soule's writing is top notch but it is Browne and Boyd who steal the show with their fantastic artistic collaboration. This is the start of something special. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Jan 19, 2017

    Curse Words #1 is a great first issue that builds a very interesting character in the Wizord that readers will be eager to follow up with to find out his true intentions. Soul and Browne make a fantastic team and are some of the most dynamic story tellers in the business. With Boyd and Parkinson complimenting on colors Curse Words becomes a vibrant book that emanatesan energy that makes this comic stand apart from everything else on the shelves. Soule feels like he is spreading his wings in this series and really creating something different and exciting. The art will have any comic fan excited just to flip through the pages. Curse Words looks like it is going to be another hit series and you don't want to miss out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outright Geekery - Brian A. Madrid Nov 20, 2016

    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. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Patrick Larose Dec 7, 2016

    The premise of Curse Words looks to almost be like Breaking Bad played in reverse. This is a story about a bad guy, made unique by his skills, who now wants to do good for his own personal gain. The comic is smart, it's funny and charming but ultimately it shows how you don't become a bad person without doing bad things and that sometimes walking away from who you were isn't always an easy thing to do. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Jessica Petrecz Jan 20, 2017

    Curse Words #1 is a good first issue that introduces readers to a new world where wizards still have the best hipster beards and the rich and famous still get preferential treatment. In this land of magic and spells it is easy to find a reluctant, selfish hero like Wizord intriguing and maybe relatable. This introductory issue does give the reader some insight in to the history of Wizord, but leaves many more things left unanswered. Soule and Browne managed to balance the showing and telling of storytelling beautifully throughout the issue, so at the very last page readers are left looking for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joe Glass Jan 17, 2017

    The comic is fun, has an element of mystery, and an anti-hero pretending at being a straight hero, giving us the pleasure of seeing if he can truly change his nature. As first issues go, it's a really great start. It will be fun to see where the series goes in the future. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jan 17, 2017

    The premise is fun and feels quite fresh, but it's still early as far as what its purpose is as the protagonist is a bit of an enigma. Regardless, this is out there fun that's weird in all the right ways. The colors and art are so much fun it's hard to put down. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Jeff Lake Jan 18, 2017

    In Curse Words #1, Charles Soule and Ryan Browne have conjured up one heck of a fun yarn. It's not always a pretty tale, with some rushed pacing and an overstuffed structure, but what it does hit it hits hard and with plenty of energy. Soule's Wizord, a Merlin for the hipster generation, is an enjoyably murky lead, and with Browne on hand to deliver his many misadventures with kinetic glee, we don't expect the magic of this first issue to dim any time soon. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jan 17, 2017

    Curse Words is a little harried and scattered but it's fun because it embraces some of it's own silliness. Soule and Browne are hugely self-aware of the toys they're playing with and how they're executing their story, which is a really good sign moving forward. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - stephengervais Jan 17, 2017

    What really grabbed me was the art, especially the cover. I just adore this saturated, almost-neon candy-coated color palette. I'm also enjoying Browne's line work and art style. One thing that sometimes annoys me about new books is art that keeps me from telling characters apart. That's clearly not a problem here. I also enjoyed the visual touches that made the setting obvious, like the "Hamilton" poster in the subway car and the accurately-rendered script on the Nathan's hot dog wrapper. I might also be going to Hell for laughing as hard as I did at the poor little fish being added to the wizard's brew. Although the "be careful what you wish for" bit at the start of the book was clichd (and so was the use of flashback for the bulk of the narrative), the story itself is fast and engaging. I particularly enjoyed Wizord's "going native" montage. I'm certainly looking forward to the next issue! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Jan 18, 2017

    Look, I dont think that the debut issue of Curse Words is bad. The art is fantastic, and the story is competent enough. If the jokes land for you, youll probably like it a whole lot more than I did. But I just didnt fall in love with it in the ways I was hoping to. Read Full Review

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