Bully Wars #1 Review

by Nathan Koffler on September 05, 2018

Writer: Skottie Young
Artist: Aaron Conley
Colorist: Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Letterer: Nate Piekos
Publisher: Image Comics

Bully Wars has absolutely surprised me by being the grossest and most delightful comic book of the week. This brand new series makes me realize how important Image Comics is to the comic book world right now. Thankfully, they are supporting and publishing some amazing stuff even if it is weird and Bully Wars is a perfect example of this.

The first thing that came to my mind when starting Bully Wars #1 was how much it reminded me of the weird Cartoon Network cartoons from my childhood. The style of the artwork is busy and overly gross and fun just like shows like Cow and Chicken and Ed, Edd n Eddy. 

I immediately enjoyed the story of three bullied children who go to high school where their bully is then bullied by high school bullies. The characters are either stereotypical nerds, ridiculously dumb, or stereotypical bullies. Those character traits may have been overdone at one point but I really love seeing them again here in this issue. 

I love these characters already but they are as strangely charming as they are because Skottie Young has written a great story here. Once again, we may have seen everything in this issue before but somehow Young has made it more entertaining than ever. 

To speak on the artwork some more, Aaron Conley has created an unsettling world in this issue and it works perfectly for the tone that Young is setting. The art is raw and hilarious and interesting and it helps the issue become the page-turner that it is.

Bully Wars have started very strong and I hope that it can continue with this momentum because I am in love with this series already. I didn’t realize how much I missed gross and obnoxious illustrated media until I opened up this first issue. It's simple and hilarious while also being remarkable and extraordinary and I cannot wait to get the next issue.

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