To start things off, I have to say that God Hates Astronauts was one of my favorite things to ever exist in comic book form - especially in a collection, as the ridiculousness of the book was a better read in that iteration than it was in an issue-by-issue format. So, when Curse Words was announced, it felt like a wonderful continuation of a beloved book. Teaming with famed writer Charles Soule, God Hates Astronauts creator Ryan Browne has brought his trademark wit and silliness to a series that wouldn't work without it.
The first volume of Becky Cloonan and Andy Belanger’s Southern Cross left me wanting more despite a shaky start, and if anything, this volume leaves me with a similar feeling. Somewhere near the middle, I wasn’t sure where the story was headed and wasn’t even sure if I cared, but by the end, I found myself wishing I could pick up the third volume and keep reading. Such are the perils of reading a series before it is complete, I suppose!
Who would want to travel back in time? Okay, there’s probably a decent percentage of people who would say yes. Now, would you want to travel back in time to a winery, because when you traveled back, an exciting party would be happening onsite? There are even more people that would find that scenario intriguing. All right, now for the question that will cover almost everyone else alive – would you want to travel back in time, in a magical winery, where the only way to travel back would be to drink wine?
Clue writer Paul Allor and artist Nelson Daniel continue the momentum they started in the first issue. The primary focus of this issue is the investigation itself. The characters have already gone through and met one another for the most part. The design of this issue is to begin the investigation, as well as to further the relationships that have begun among the characters. In this way, Allor tosses his audience back into the thick of it as he adds some paranoia to the characters, leading them to act differently from how they normally would. It's thoroughly entertaining to watch all of the characters go about their actions and decisions.
Two of the main characters stare up at a night sky filled with a brightly lit full moon and millions of stars. The cover page for Generation Gone #1 displays this wondrous image along with introductory dialogue from Elena and Nick, which immediately indicates something is amiss within their relationship.
Whether you’re referring to the underground comix scene of the '70s or the psychedelic visuals of mainstream books like Doctor Strange at that time, comic books and marijuana have had a long and tangled history. Like superhero comics, weed-focused comic books have never completely disappeared from the market, and books like Kevin Smith’s infamous Bluntman & Chronic, as well as more current titles, continue this partnership to this day. The Stoned Age: A Hollywood Comedy (written by Andre Owens and with art by Andy Mez) is definitely one of these “banner carrier” books for the continued alliance between reefer and comics, but it’s also safe to say that it’s unlike any comic you’ve ever read before.