A Review: BUZZKILL #1

The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of BUZZKILL #1 from Dark Horse Comics. Donny Cates and Mark Reznicek write and Geoff Shaw draws.

“Ruben” has a problem – the kind you go to meetings for. He drinks a lot and blacks out. But unlike the rest of us, he becomes super powerful when he’s blacked out. He also loses control, leaving a lot of collateral damage. So now he’s decided to quit. And don’t think for a minute that the supervillain community hasn’t noticed.

I like this guy. And I like the idea that his super powers don’t solve all of his problems, of which there seem to be many, which is not unusual for alcoholics. But he’s trying – he’s seeking help, and that he doesn’t really know how to find it makes him that much more a regular guy (in other words, a real character). I also really like the close-up style in the art; it draws on expressions and also contrasts the sparing use of (really nice) panoramic shots.

Flawed heroes are pretty common, but when they’re done well they make for good epicenters. And our boy is shaping up to be a great one. This will be a fun ride, I think.

BUZZKILL #1 is available now at your LCS and online at darkhorse.com.

~Mike ( @MikeyGeek )