Bully Wars #2 Review

by Nathan Koffler on October 10, 2018

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

I really enjoyed the first issue of Bully Wars despite feeling like some of it was a little unoriginal. I knew I would continue to enjoy the series and I was absolutely right because this second issue is amazing. Any bit of unoriginality that I saw in the first issue is gone. Bully Wars is it’s own entertaining and chaotic story with so much left to offer.

Let’s begin with talking about the story that Skottie Young has constructed. Bully Wars is about three kids helping their longtime bully win the Bully Wars that are happening at the high school they are all starting at. Helping Rufus win will ensure that the three of them will not be bullied anymore. This is a great setup and creates a lot of opportunity for some very humorous situations. This second issue gives us so many of those humorous moments as Spencer, Edith, and Ernie prepare Rufus for the Bully Wars with all kinds of intense and bizarre training exercises.

The characters in this series are one of the many things that make it such a blast. Each character represents a little bit of a stereotype that we have seen in a lot of high school stories but the ones in Bully Wars are so hilarious and strange that they move beyond those cliche roles.

Another thing that makes this story stand out so much is the creativity in the details. There are several pages in this issue that are packed with funny illustrations wherever they can fit. The artwork is so good that it doesn’t even make the pages seem too full.

The style of the art is similar to the strange shows of Cartoon Network from a while back and sometimes that style is very weird. Bully Wars definitely contains very strange illustrations but somehow it is some of the most pleasant artwork I have ever seen. There are a few different times in this second issue that artist Aaron Conley beautifully and uniquely structured montages. These pages are so gorgeous that I want bigger prints of them on my wall. I probably stared at the page with the tunnels for five straight minutes and was in awe the entire time.

This second issue of Bully Wars is an extraordinarily good time from start to finish. The writing and artwork are each perfectly bizarre enough to make this a great all-ages comic book. It is full of humor and imagination which makes it one of the most entertaining current series from Image Comics.

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