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‘Blood & Gourd #1:’ Advance Comic Book Review (Good, Clean, Family WTF!)

I gotta tell you – when I heard about this comic, I was just a little bit curious. When the synopsis says, “It tells the story of pumpkins, corporate scum, and little, green plant people taking over the Pacific Northwest,” you know it’s got something to say. I took the pumpkin by the green, stemmy thing and read the comic. Here are my thoughts.

Holy weirdness. So, it’s exactly what you thought it’d be, but so much more. The pumpkins make killer tomatoes look like kittens. They have multiple ways of killing you, not limited to eating your head . . . and like all murderous gourds, they don’t spare anyone – including the infirm, the kids, the moms, and even the goats. Although I didn’t actually see the goat die, which I think is a mistake on their part – that would have been interesting.

So, basically, the bad guys (See synopsis about corporate scum.) have gone all mad scientist, and evil (as in Hell-level evil) sentient (I think?) pumpkins run amok. They seed their wrath and sow the corpses. (See what I did there?)

Anyway, it’s not clean, family fun. It’s good, gory, satirical fun. The comic was entertaining as hell – in much the same way that Dead Snow is an entertaining movie. (Or Evil Dead, or Killer Clowns from Outer Space, or Attack of the Killer Tomatoes – you see where I am going.) Also, much like some of your favorite HBO shows, Blood & Gourd does not care about its characters. Most of ‘em die. That might be a spoiler, but I think you should know that.

Anywho – what else is great about this comic? The art is off the hook. Let’s face it – a comic about pumpkins killing people might not be compelling to every nerd out there, but with the art by Dave Acost (Pencils), Juan Albarran (Comic and Cover Inks), and Fran Gamboa (Comic and Cover Colors), the story is immersive and very entertaining.

So, what are my thoughts? Easy. If you like the idea of people dying horrible deaths at the [roots? vines? whatever] of pumpkins, you will love this comic. As noted before, it might not be clean fun or family fun – but it is definitely good fun.

Simply Jack, Fanbase Press Guest Contributor



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