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Review: Boof (1994) Comic Books | My Reviews 21 JUN 2013

I recently picked up on some mixed bags of comics on sale at one of our local book stores, delighted to find them stuffed with an assortment of 1990s’ comics, from the likes of Dark Horse, Image and one or two other smaller houses. Unfortunately for me, there also happened to be a couple of issues of Boof in there, which is a bad thing because I’ve been introduced to Boof before.

The story revolves around a bad tempered, stubby caveman-like alien warrior who crash landed here on Earth, hailing from the planet Smashmouth. He teams up with a local kid and the kid’s mangy mutt and from there on they go through a couple of pretty mundane adventures, usually involving some sort of fight scene, a big misunderstanding thanks to the language/culture barrier, and quite often Boof ingesting faeces along the way.

It’s not pretty. At the time Image was making hand over fist in terms of money, and so they launched quite a lot of titles to cash in on their strong sales, with Boof being their shot at a humour comic aimed at kids and immature comic book readers. The immature part they got right, with Beau Smith’s stories being an absolute pointless waste of time, not being even remotely funny, completely missing any sort of attempt at satire or parody, not to mention so completely stuffed with poop, fart, and piss sequences that one fails to see any audience actually picking up on this one!

And don’t get me even started on the ridiculous dialogue and “catch” phrases.

The artwork is handled by John Cleary, who attempts to emulate Todd McFarlane’s drawing style but then exaggerates it to the max. The result is certainly not pretty and is often quite difficult to look at. I can’t really praise it to be quite honest, no matter how hard I try.

The verdict. If you’ve never had a run-in with Boof from Image Comics before, then consider youself lucky and definitely steer far away from any bargain bins where this might be lurking in.

It’s plain old dumb.

boof issue 1 comic book scan

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John Tyler Christopher: Witchblade #161 Cover (2012) Comic Book Art | Comic Books 09 MAR 2013

Private detective Sara Pezzini’s recent exploits have had an unintended, but not all together negative side effect – she’s now actually getting paid to investigate paid supernatural cases! However she may make an enemy of another one of Chicago’s supernatural agents in the process. Meanwhile, all around her forces move in a much larger, sinister symphony…

Written by Tim Seeley and with art from the team of Diego Bernard and Fred Benes, it was left up to artist John Tyler Christopher to come up with this fantastic, negative space inspired and detailed piece of comic book cover art:

Review: Bomb Queen vs. Blacklight 1-Shot (2006) Comic Books | My Reviews 28 FEB 2012

“CAT FIGHT! – It’s the battle you never expected! All bets are off when Bomb Queen meets Blacklight in battle in Las Vegas! Scott (Blacklight) Wherle and Jimmie (Bomb Queen) Robinson join forces in the sexiest, funniest and wildest one-shot special of the year!”

Well, at least that’s what Image comics wanted you to believe in order to pick up this frankly waste-of-time little side adventure. Lina Juarez (Blacklight) heads off to Las Vegas to attend a comic book convention. Bomb Queen sneaks off to Las Vegas to attend a gun convention. Both conventions happen to be in the same venue, the two cross paths, Blacklight recognises Bomb Queen and then proceeds to try and prevent her from sneaking in and stealing a devastating prototype weapon display from the gun convention.

As to be expected from any Bomb Queen adventure, there are plenty of sexual innuendos and sex related quips and humor, as well as the scantily clad female characters to go with it. Blacklight doesn’t bring much more to the game other than her moral, goody-two-shoes demeanor (plus the fact that she’s basically a blue green lantern). The setup takes up most of the story, before a brief encounter and then the, “well this doesn’t really have any lasting impact whatsoever”, conclusion.

The art is alright, simple clean lines and a good eye for both female and male character forms, but it is also inconsistent in a couple of places. However, it does convey the lighthearted silliness that something like the over-the-top Bomb Queen character needs. The fight scene could have done with some more work, but overall it isn’t a bad looking issue at all.

Of course, this is a one shot, so only a handful of pages to cram a whole story into, making it come across somewhat rushed, meaning that as a summary, this really is only worth picking up if you’ve got a couple of minutes spare and don’t feel like getting into anything heavy.

So not particularly funny or sexy, but entertaining enough I guess, though do go into it understanding that this is somewhat a waste of your time.