From creators Aubrey Sitterson (No One Left to Fight, The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling) and Tony Gregori (Deuce of Hearts, Karma Police) comes the new series The Worst Dudes. Described as a book “so dirty it’ll turn your other comics yellow”, The Worst Dudes is a genre-bending tale of weirdness, vulgarity and humor.
The book sees dirty cop Sam Sugar team up with an angsty teenage god and a drug-fueled dancer on their search for a missing pop star. Think Heavy Metal meets American Pie.
The Worst Dudes is the kind of comic that sees the ‘for mature readers’ sticker as a challenge. From the onset, strong language is used more or less like commas to punctuate most characters’ dialogue. On top of that, the dialogue itself is so vulgar it’ll make even the worst reprobates blush.
But what’s good about this is that the book is actually funny. It’s all too easy to litter a page with expletives and dirty talk, but when it fits with the world, then it’s an achievement. And what a world this is. The over-the-top vulgarity of the book almost does the creativity a disservice. The Worst Dudes is one of the freshest and most novel comics for a while.
Describing the genre is like playing Who’s Who. Dark Horse themselves categorize the book as sci-fi, humor and action/adventure, but that’s missing out on neo-noir, psychedelic, crime and so on. As simple as the story is, a cop and his unlikely partners hunt for a missing girl, the world is so rich with sci-fi weirdness it’s nigh impossible to read a page without marveling at what these two have made.
Whether Sitterson gave Gregori a lot of instruction, or Gregori had the free rein to create, this is a book worth marveling over. Creature designs range from the humorous to the grotesque. Additionally, these designs all feel real within the world. Be it a perverted alien that’s constantly pinching their nipples, or a storm cloud that has lots of sex, or a giant jacked up dude without a head, The Worst Dudes does have a bit of everything.
This is a great book, but its tone is definitely not for everyone. Reading this feels like being 13 again, but that’s a fairly specific reaction — not everyone grew up on boner comedies and Jackass. Characters snort drugs off boobs, they get punched in the balls, every noun is an innuendo (of varying subtlety). The Worst Dudes is very unashamedly not for everyone. This isn’t by any means a criticism of the book, but it’s something worth knowing.
The Worst Dudes #1 shows promise as an opening issue. The book barrages readers with a series of characters and locations with a staggering level of creativity and weirdness. For some, the vulgarity might be cringe-inducing, for others it might be the icing on the cake. If Heavy Metal meets American Pie sounds like something you’d like, check this one out.
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