Review: Bizarro #1

The New DC line-up is coming out this week, and with the commitment to the New 52 gone, we’re free to see some comics that are not so tied into the hard-boiled, grim and gritty universe that replaced everything after Flashpoint. One of the first titles to catch everyone’s eye and imagination is Bizarro, and geared more towards humor, it looked to be a breath of fresh air.

bizarro1Bizarro #1

Written by HEATH CORSON
Art and cover by GUSTAVO DUARTE
1:25 Variant cover by KYLE BAKER
On sale JUNE 3 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 6, $2.99 US • RATED E

Solicitation:
“Hate HARLEY QUINN? Then you will super hate BIZARRO! Bizarro star of worstest comic ever! Go ahead and miss it! If there’s one thing this issue not have it these two things: Jimmy Olsen and Chupacabras!” Don’t miss the start of this six-issue all-ages miniseries!

Review:
You can’t evaluate a book like this like you would a traditional super-hero comic. The excellence of a humor comic comes down to answering just one question, “Is it funny?” Overall, yes, but to me, not laugh out loud funny. The inclusion of the Chupacabra seems random with is an element of all-ages comics that I just can’t get. From what I gather among older comic fans, I’m not alone. A story-line develops in this issue of an Egyptian-themed used car dealer, which takes a path into the absurd, but then gets immediately explained with what would have been unwelcome in a traditional super-hero comic, but here, it completely works.

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The artwork is the strongest part for this comic, as the characters always look the same, despite the insane, cartoonish takes used at times. Bizarro shines through and stands out not only in an oafish sort of way, but also when he needs to be threatening. Duarte actually does a more threatening Bizarro than Alex Ross, and a big part of that is the exaggeration that can be done here.

Should you buy this series? It’s a 6 issue series, so you’re not being asked to make a long commitment to a series, and it’s easily worth the cover price of $2.99, so it’s not one of those five dollar comics that seem to be popping up from DC and Marvel nowadays.