Issue: Buzzard #1
Stories and Art by: Eric Powell and Kyle Hotz
Colors by: Dave Stewart and Dan Brown
Letters by: Eric Powel and Nate Piekos
Publisher: Dark Horse
Release Date: June 2010
“The mysterious man known as Buzzard is lost, wondering what manner of creature he is, following his brutal showdown with the loathsome Zombie Priest in Eric Powell’s celebrated Goon Year. Buzzard leaves home, wandering into the shadowy spirit realm of the forest. A dark path leads to a village living in fear of a bestial race of savages. More animal than man, these creatures hunt the villagers and drag them from their slumber in the depth of night. As a bonus, readers will delight in the new Billy the Kid’s Old Timey Oddities short stories, which revive 2005 series that paired Eric Powell with artist Kyle Hotz and leads up to the three-issue series launch in September 2010. “
Artwork: 4.0 out of 5
Ah good ol’ Eric Powell, how we all miss your unique style. For those not familiar with Eric’s work, I wonder when it was you crawled out from under that rock, because his stuff has been everywhere! In all seriousness though, Eric has a great style that merges what I consider to be the classic horror look with a more modern touch. The modern part of course being a more flat edge style that we see in today’s books. The other nice touch you find with Eric’s work is the subtle scenes packed with detail. At times I think I am looking at just another panel, but as I really look at it I find a treasure chest of beauty. So on top of that we add in some amazing color work that just flows so well with the style of art. I feel like this whole thing could be hung at an art museum to showcase its nice watercolor appearance. So with all of that said, the lettering in the main story just comes across to me as dull. I don’t like the feel of a marker style font with this. I think it takes away from the beauty of the work. When you have actual speech balloons, they fit in perfectly with the style, but the monologue spots just don’t fit if you ask me.
Story: 4.0 out of 5
This was different than what I expected going in. Yes I am familiar with the main character, so I do know his motivations and what he’s mostly all about. For those of you who don’t know much about Buzzard, you get a nice recap of sorts at the beginning of this issue. What kind of threw me off though was the change in tone as the story progressed. The opening monologue actually came off as kind of poetic as you get a feel for the man and start to care a little. Then you hit the middle of the story and it begins to have a shift to the kind of style we would expect to find in The Goon. So is it really good or bad, that this takes place? Well I think that the way the story was progressing you were able to dive into the characters soul and really understand how he sees things. Then when the jump occurs, you’re treated to a more fun filled, crazy antic approach that I would say is the nature I think most expected to find here. Nothing is taken away, but it does in retrospect, feel almost like two different stories.
Dying Breath: 4.0 out of 5
So how does it all come together? Very nicely actually! I know that I kinda of complained about the story a little, but it does give the reader what they should expect from Powell. We have seen him approach his stories with the dark overtone that is filled with sadness, madness and humor before, so this is just on the same point as before. The artwork is fantastic, and really can carry this book on its spine all by itself. A great monologue and some funny lines make this one a winner in my book. I just think it is as simple as knowing what to expect and then getting treated to a new story. Plus you get a backup story that is fantastic. For those of you not familiar with the Billy the Kid mini series I suggest checking it out as well. Overall a good buy in my book.
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