Advance Review: ‘Curse Words’ #1

Curse Words #1
By Charles Soule & Ryan Browne
With Jordan Boyd & Chris Crank

Charles Soule has already proven his ability to write action, drama, and sci-fi (sometimes all at once). Now he turns his attention to fantasy with Curse Words, a new series coming in January from Image Comics. It’s the story of Wizord, a sorcerer from another dimension who comes to Earth with nefarious intentions. But Wizord falls in love with Earth, so he changes his plans and decides to play hero. Will his happiness last, or will his sins of the past catch up with him?

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Soule’s character development is his greatest strength, and Curse Words further proves his ability to create interesting, complex protagonists. Wizord is something of a jerk. He wants to be a hero, but he also wants the attention, fame, and fortune that comes with being Earth’s guardian wizard. Still, he’s the likable kind of jerk that will keep readers coming back. And Soule teases just enough of the mage’s tragic past to boost his mystique and make him sympathetic.

Also, Wizord’s sidekick is a talking koala named Margaret. ‘Nuff said.

Strange and compelling characters aside, Curse Words is simply a really well written story. It’s engaging, it’s mysterious, and it’s damn funny without resorting to slapstick. The mark of a good story is that it leaves you wanting more, and this comic does that with ease. It sets up countless questions, and promises to answer them in explosive fashion.


As with most fantasy comics, the artwork is a big incentive to pick up Curse Words. Ryan Browne’s pencils coupled with his and Jordan Boyd’s colors are a reflection of the story. Their art feels vibrant, yet it conveys a dark undertone that is a sign of things to come. Then, when an antagonist is revealed late in the issue, that gritty darkness takes center stage, showing that this series isn’t just going to be another fun magical romp.

It’s also worth mentioning that the layouts are unlike anything being done in comics right now. The designs and structure of the panels are wholly original, and cement how truly unique Curse Words is.

Curse Words #1 – The Bottom Line

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 Words isn’t only for magic fans. It’s for fans of interesting characters, subtle humor, and intrigue. Plus it’s easy on the eyes. Why wouldn’t you read it? Don’t you like nice things?

Pick up Curse Words #1 on January 18, 2017.

Anthony Composto - EIC
Anthony Composto - EIC
Editor-in-Chief for Monkeys Fighting Robots. A lifelong fan of Spider-Man and the Mets, Anthony loves an underdog story. He earned his B.A. in English because of his love for words, and his MBA because of his need for cash. He considers comics to be The Great American Art Form, and loves horror movies, indie dramas, action/thrillers, and everything in between.