Wednesday, April 10, 2019

New Comics Wednesday: Barbarians Fight Zombie Warriors Riding Dinosaurs. Also, Time Traveling Apes.

Today is Wednesday, and that means it's New Comic Book Day - the day all of this week's new comics hit the store shelves (both physically and digitally). Every comic I feature here on Daddy Rolled a 1 is one that I'll personally be picking up later this evening when I go to my local shop with my daughter after I pick her up from school.

Please note also that every Wednesday, I tweet out which issues I picked up that week, and then over the course of the week I send out individual tweets with 140-character reviews of each issue. You can follow me on Twitter here.

Lastly, if you're really interested in more comic reviews, I do "professional" reviews for the comic book site, ComicAttack where I post my reviews under the name "Martin." You can search my tag to see what I've reviewed lately. 

Today, I wanted to talk a little about one of the most creative, unexpected, and all-around fun comics I've read recently, Bronze Age Boogie, the first issue of which came out last week. The comic is published by Ahoy Comics, a relatively new publisher known for taking chances on series that the "Big Two" would never publish. A few of their titles include: 

  • Captain Ginger
    • When the human race died out, the cats inherited the Earth! Or at least one starship. Now the intrepid Captain Ginger struggles to keep his fellow felines united against a hostile universe. But there’s a rival for Ginger’s authority: his second-in-command, the savage Sergeant Mittens.
  • Hashtag Danger
    • Three heroes with three special skills: brains, strength, and unwarranted enthusiasm! Together they vow to confront fantastic perils and monetize them!
  • Egdar Allen Poe's Snifter of Terror
    • Drunk and alone, the acclaimed author of The Raven, The Fall of the House of Usher, and The Masque of the Red Death is reduced to introducing horror stories in a comic book.

From the descriptions, it's easy to see that these aren't your run-of-the-mill comics. Bronze Age Boogie is no different - it's an homage to the Bronze Age of comics (roughly, the 1970's and early 1980's) during which the author/creator grew-up. It was a time of Blaxploitation films, Kung-Fu TV and movies, Disco lifestyle, and lots of movies about intelligent apes taking over the world. All of those elements are present in this comic, as well as literal Bronze Age (i.e., ~2,000 B.C.) barbarian warriors fighting zombies and their dinosaur allies. To this, add an invasion by Victorian-looking aliens (ala "War of the Worlds") invading in two different time periods (the barbarian past and the 1970's "present"), a character named "Gogo Golem" (complete with gogo boots and mini-skirt) and another character named "Madame Ape" in a wheelchair who mentioned the existence of a team known as ATTAC (The Ape Time Travel Action Crew) and I was instantly hooked. 

The art has a Bronze Age of Comics sensibility as well, reminding me of some of the work done for the Savage Sword of Conan back in the 70's. 

There is so much fodder here for a gonzo post-apocalyptic or science-fiction role-playing game, and even combine some of the elements with Goblinoid Games' Apes Victorious RPG (based on the rules from their B/X clone, Labyrinth Lord) for a really fun, different game that could get you out of the standard Tolkiensian fantasy games that a lot of RPGs fall into. 

You can read my full review at ComicAttack here. I'd love to hear your thoughts, especially if you decide to pick up the comic.  

  • Format: Monthly series, full color. Each issue contains the main story as well as a few back-ups such as "Major Ursa" (a 1950's space program featuring a bear who is exposed to some "space radiation")
  • Where to Buy: As always, try to buy it at your local comic shop. You can find one by visiting the Comic Shop Locator. If you don't have one, try a bookstore, or you can buy the digital version to read on your PC, tablet, or smartphone by going to Comixology.  That link takes you to the Bronze Age boogie page, where you can find a link to buy the first issue.
  • Price: $3.99 per issue
  • Rated: This doesn't appear to be rated, but I'd say it's probably "Teen" or maybe "Teen Plus" if you're worried about violence. There was also a quick mention of drinking tequila and taking mushrooms. 
  • More Information: The official Bronze Age Boogie page on Ahoy Comics' website is here

Hanging: Home office (laptop)
Drinking: Cold brew coffee (iced)
Listening: "The Payback" by James Brown
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