It’s New Comic Book Day! WEEEEEEE! Today saw some great releases from both new and established titles. The one I was looking forward to the most was “Curb Stomp” from Ryan Ferrier and Devaki Neogi, published by Boom! Studios. Let’s discuss.
The first thing that caught my eye was the colors. LORD, THE COLORS. I adore bright, vibrant colors and this title did not let me down. I wanted to roll…
Three gangs. Five girls. No way out. Machete Betty leads a small gang of women under the self-appointed task of protecting their home of Old Beach, one of three boroughs surrounding a rich metropolitan city. When Betty takes the life of a rival gang member in an act of self-defense, she sets off a chain reaction of retaliation, gang warfare, and unlikely allies. It’s up to the The Fever-Machete Betty, Derby Girl, Bloody Mary, Daisy Chain, and Violet Volt-to defend their turf at all costs.
Story by Ryan Ferrier // Art by Devaki Neogi / Cover by Tula Lotay
WHY WE LOVE IT: Punk rock isn’t dead…yet.
Turf wars, breaking rules, crushing violence, and Black Flag—these are a
few of our favorite things, and we can’t wait for Curb Stomp to
straight-up knock our teeth out (in a good way).
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Writer Ryan Ferrier (D4VE) is a creator on the
rise, and newcomer Devaki Neogi’s art will hook you with its
aggressiveness but keep you coming back with its heart. Curb Stomp is an
unflinching, visceral look at the lengths one woman will go to protect
her friends, her family, and her home—perfect for fans of Rat Queens and
the seminal ‘70s cult-favorite film The Warriors.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Three gangs. Five girls. No way out. Machete Betty
leads a small gang of women under the self-appointed task of protecting
their home of Old Beach, one of three boroughs surrounding a rich
metropolitan city. When Betty takes the life of a rival gang member in
an act of self-defense, she sets off a chain reaction of retaliation,
gang warfare, and unlikely allies. It’s up to the The Fever—Machete
Betty, Derby Girl, Bloody Mary, Daisy Chain, and Violet Volt—to defend
their turf at all costs.
What a day. The cat is finally out of the bag: CURB STOMP is heading your way from BOOM! Studios in February 2015! Devaki Neogi and I are so freaking excited to tell our story, and we could not be more happy and proud to be working with BOOM!–they are amazing.
More details coming soon, but for now check out four character teasers that have been brought to us by some great sites.
Curb Stomp #1 (Published by BOOM! Studios; Review by Draven Katayama; ‘Rama Rating: 8 out of 10): Ryan Ferrier introduces us to the Fever: a group of five vigilante women who protect their borough from two neighboring boroughs’ gangs. Ferrier highlights real-life issues of sexism: a male gang member calls one of the Fever a misogynistic epithet, sparking major repercussions.
Devaki Neogi’s panels flow smoothly with a '70s noir aesthetic that
evokes Pulp Fiction and Ming Doyle’s The Kitchen. Neil
Lalonde’s pop art-inspired colors are reminiscent of Taki Soma’s high
contrast style, but with a Jordie Bellaire-like intuition for interplay
between background and foreground that looks fitting, not jarring.
Ferrier, Neogi, Lalonde, and letterer Colin Bell capture the
powerlessness people feel when subjected to perpetual injustice. This is
timely social commentary, smart storytelling, and a solid cast of lead
This week its a round table of what are you reading and Donny is joined by Jim Deitz, Luke Foster and Farrah Ware. we discuss our every first issues that got us into comic books,we also talked a little Secret Wars, Convergence and a few tie-ins from each event,squirrel girl,Ivan the time walker,Fresh Romance by Janelle Asselin, Space Riders #1 by Black Mask Studios, Mad Max Fury road Nux and Immortan Joe, Brian Wood’s take on Moon Knight, more of Donny’s Dark Horse Star Wars omnibus obsession, Jem & the Holograms #1+2 from IDW as well as the trailer and Curb Stomp #1 by the team of Ryan Ferrier, Devaki Neogi and Neil Lalonde.
The Buzz: Ferrier describes it as a timeless street gang story – not quite now, not quite 1980′s, but definitely punk rock. The book was launched by Boom! Studios as part of their general strategy to put more books out there for female audiences – along with Lumberjanes, Bee and Puppycat, and Butterfly.
All You Need To Know: Punk rock girl gangs, diverse cast of characters, brutal suburban violence, and a roller-derby style community of women protecting their own turf.
Story: Machete Betty leads The Fever, an all-female gang (her fellow warriors are called Derby Girl, Bloody Mary, Daisy Chain & Violet Volt) who protect Old Beach, a down and out borough near a wealthy city – when they’re not drinking shots, caring for their families and singing in a rock band. Betty kills a rival gang member in self defence, and the Wrath come demanding a Fever life in return.
Curb Stomp issue #1 by Ryan Ferrier and Devaki Neogi.
I’m looking forward to this. I have a strong feeling I’m going to like this one. I should have just put it on my pull list before leaving the comic store. I love the art. I knew by looking at the art that I wanted the comic in my hands and not purchase it digitally.