The Beef #1

Writer: Richard Starkings, Tyler Shainline Artist: Shaky Kane, John Roshell Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: February 28, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 5
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The creator of ELEPHANTMEN and the creator of The A-Men join forces with TYLER SHAINLINE (Liberty Justice) to bring you the story of Meat Men! Chuck is a mild-mannered meat factory worker who is a little in love with a strawberry picker named Mary Lynn. But everything changes when Mary Lynn falls victim to the Vodino Brothers....

  • 9.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Manny Gomez Mar 1, 2018

    Image Comics' 'The Beef' #1 is a fantasticallyweird comic that is equal parts Silver Age fun and indie comics attitude and execution. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comicosity - Nick Hanover Mar 1, 2018

    The Beef's debut issue also makes the mistake of letting exposition and writerly flourishes" like the repetition of certain lines between shifts in time" get in the way of moving the plot forward so Shaky Kane can do his thing, stretching out conflict with the bullies far longer than necessary in order to delay the freaky pay off of the ending. That does at least indicate that the next issue will be the real vehicle for Kane's talents as well as a better window into who or what Chuck even is. But for now, The Beef is undercooked. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Doug Warren Feb 28, 2018

    Look, you aren’t going to get answers in this issue. And since you haven’t picked it up yet, you don’t have questions either. Maybe it’s best to stay that way. But, this series could have some payoffs in the months ahead, but, eh. Who wants to make that kind of commitment? Read Full Review

  • 4.8
    Multiversity Comics - Reed Hinckley-Barnes Mar 5, 2018

    "The Beef" #1 is a strange mix of subject matters and tones, and none of it ever quite fits together. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Jonathan Edwards Feb 28, 2018

    Like the processed food it attempts to satire, The Beef #1 doesn't have much substance to offer. Chuck is a bland, charmless character. Gaelan and Khristos spew so much hate and throw around so many slurs that the book is effectively promoting prejudice rather than denouncing them for it. And, the uninspired story has been done before and better. But, at the same time, it could definitely be worse. Who knows, maybe things will immediately pick up in the second issue. Or, maybe they won't. Either way, I don't think I'll be coming back to find out. Read Full Review

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