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Brimstone and The Borderhounds #1 Paperback – October 31, 2010
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What is BRIMSTONE AND THE BORDERHOUNDS? Well, I wasn t quite sure myself when I first got word of this new offering from Brimstone, the popular East Coast wrestler whose resume reads like a wiki of 80 s trivia. My first instinct was to pass this off as just another celebrity cashing in on his notoriety to stroke his own ego. Or maybe even worse, maybe it was trying to ride the coattails of WWE HEROES, the well-intentioned but poorly-executed comic from the gang at Titan. Fortunately, I was wrong on both counts. Trying to make an argument in favor of checking this one out is sure to be a tricky endeavor. I don t want to give away too much of the story because this isn t storytelling 101 it s the honors class. Opening page one is akin to tumbling down the rabbit hole and what could be better as a reviewer than to find undiscovered territory? No zombies, no Nazis, no licensed properties looking to squeeze those last few drops out of a tired franchise. Nope, this is an artists imagination put on paper. You know, imagination, that thing we used to use before we started plugging in to get our daily fix. And any comic that opens with a verse from GRAVEDIGGAZ is a 10 in my book. (Pasty Trivia #347: 6 FEET DEEP is known as NIGGAMORTIS in Europe. Can t imagine why they didn t keep that title in the States.) Back to BRIMSTONE. What happens to your soul when you die? Would you be surprised to know that it s already been booked for service in one of several afterworlds? Yep, the powers that be have drafted you for their fantasy team and you can only hope that you end up playing for the winning team. And just like any competitive league, not everyone ends up where they re supposed to. Some jump ship, many get traded, others just stick around and try to make life miserable for their owners. Unfortunately this system is set up like THE FIRM (sans Wilford Brimley). You don t just walk out on your boss. And when you do, expect to be pursued and brought back -- dead or alive. So who gets tasked with skip tracing? You guessed it, THE BORDERHOUNDS. Leading the team is none other than BRIMSTONE himself, though I found his animated doppelganger way better looking than the real thing and I m sure Brim won t disagree. I know if I was appearing in a comic book I would have hair like Gabriel Aubry and not John Locke. Anyway, it s not just THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME in hell. It s a multi-dimensional mind ****, as everyone from Earth to Valhalla tries to keep the balance before the whole system collapses. That s what makes this book an exciting debut. When I wrapped the initial read, all I could think about was not just what was presented, but all the little mini subplots that my mind created from being teased with such an expansive universe. Fortunately the art is able to keep pace with the storytelling. Shah does a great job of capturing a world on the brink without drowning in it a palette of drab colors and pushy shadows. The characters are what you d expect them to be. Heroes are slender and muscular, villains look like they re straight from a Leone western and every girl is the kind you would **** on the first date (and not regret it in the morning). The best compliment I can give BRIMSTONE AND THE BORDERHOUNDS is that I m already harassing the author for issue number two. I m excited to see how the story unfolds while learning more about the major (and even minor) players. It s been such a long time since a series has been able to generate those kinds of feelings and its entertainment value cannot be overstated. I know it s only issue number one and they have a long way to go, but if this was a nine inning baseball game, BRIMSTONE AND THE BORDERHOUNDS would be a first pitch home run. --Mr. Pasty; Ain't It Cool News
What happens when a pair of professional wrestlers brainstorm a comic into existence? You get a get the irreverent and thought-provoking BRIMSTONE AND THE BORDERHOUNDS and a one-way ticket to hell. You ll be travelling in what looks to be an interdimensional dumptruck and your pathetic weeping will be drowned out tunes blasted by Chavez Raoul, the only DJ worth listening to in the afterlife. Unfortunately, Hell is not all it s cracked up to be. You re not just heading into an eternity of suffering and torment for your mortal life. You ve just been reduced from sentient being to tradable commodity and no, you don t get a say in the matter. Don t bother trying to escape. You can run. You can hide. After all, most of hell is a giant wasteland full of places to hunker down and wait out eternity. It won t matter if you do. The Borderhounds will find you. It s what they do. They re good at it. They enjoy it and they re paid well for the privilege of dragging your carcass back where it belongs: as the infernal equivalent of someone else s pocket money. If you re especially unlucky, Brimstone will get you. BRIMSTONE AND THE BORDERHOUNDS is one of those surprising indie titles that ends up being more than the sum of its parts. Even if you think you know what you re getting into, reading BRIMSTONE AND THE BORDERHOUNDS will get you thinking, get you laughing and leave you wanting the next issue. Writers (and former professional wrestlers) William Kucmierowski and Marcello Carnevali start their story with a man named Jack. Jack is a a husband and father of two working on Wall Street. And it only takes two panels to figure out that Jack is a very bad man; his career seems to be screwing over his friends and colleagues for money and he s really, really good at it. More at Dragon's Lair Comics & Fantasy Website... --Alan M. Rogers; Dragons Lair Comics & Fantasy
This is definately the most unique vision of Hell I have ever read. The Hell of this story revolves around the Nexus, the place all souls show up, and the Wasteland, where the souls sometimes escape to. Souls are a precious commodity, and the various Afterlifes use the souls as slave labor. Whoever has the most and best, wins control of the real world. And the souls sometimes escape, or are set free by rebels, and it's up to Hell's version of bounty hunters to find the souls, the "weepers" (so called because of their annoying tendency to cry over their being dead)., who escape into the Wasteland. The best of these "borderhounds" is Brimstone and his Xibalba Unit, Luscious and Dawg. Brimstone is the son of a Janitor Demon and a Saxon Warrioress. He's married to Danielle, a human, and they have two children named Samantha and Doom Bringing Youngling Lamentor of All Netherworlds (Dylan). There is a very strong humor element to Brimstone and the Borderhounds, but it's understated. It's the kind of humor I like in a comic book. It's not in your face. It's understated and just comes naturally. How can you not laugh at the "Charon" of this Hell being a rastafarian DJ named Chavez Raoul who spins tracks like Kenny Loggins "Into The Dangerzone". The story has it's horror moments, from the opening sequance with the murdered Dursey family, to the creepiness of the serial killer apparently talking to himself and caressing his knife. It's a good mix of the two, keeping it light hearted and fun but with some hard edges thrown in. The story itself revolves around Jack Dursey and his murdered family. Jack is murdered and awakens in hell. The opening sequance explains why Jack is not a good man, and you find yourself kind of happy he's found his way to hell. We're introduced to Hell through Jack's eyes, a newcomer just like us, and we meet the wasteland and Brimstone and his Unit through Jack. This is a good way to introduce us to the world and what is going on. The star of the book, Brimstone, only gets about a half dozen lines so we don't get a good handle on his character. This issue is more about setting up the world and the setting, and in that aspects it does a good job. The drawback is that if the world wasn't enough to catch your attention, then without much of an introduction to Brimstone, there wouldn't be much reason to grab issue #2. The website expands on Brimstone's character, rounding him out and making him more interesting but the comic itself doesn't spend much time on him. He does get a pretty flashy introduction and Luscious and Dawg are interesting characters, so the hooks are there, but this issue is counting on this version of Hell being enough to get your attention. It did mine. This is definately a unique version of hell and the setting itself would be enough to keep me coming back. But the rest of the book is interesting as well and I'm really enjoying the humor element. There's also the murder mystery in the real world, with the Police investigating the Dursey's murder at the hands of a clone serial killer. It'll be interesting to see how all this ties together. Shah's artwork is pretty good. He's got a decent grasp of storytelling. There are no awkward angles or jumps in the action. It flows nicely from panel to panel. The layouts are interesting, with the panels laid over a colored background with large margins at the top and bottom. It gives the book a cropped look. It's different and doesn't seem to affect the quality of the art. It's wasted space, somewhat, but it's not harmful to the quality and does provide an interesting frame to the work. Brimstone and the Borderhounds receives 4 out of 5 Their vision of Hell is worth the price. --Kitty's Pryde; Trynos
About the Author
Hound Comics is a multicultural worldwide effort, with the creators hailing from the United States to Brazil. Brimstone, M.H. Carnevali and Sajad Shah founded Hound Comics which is the home to the company s flagship brand, The Borderhounds. Currently, there is a Brimstone and The Borderhounds video game in production through SGN Games for Xbox LIVE and PS3. Shocker Toys revealed the prototype for the Brimstone action figure being released in 2011 to Toys R Us as a part of their Indie Spotlight (Super Heroes) Series; while Floating Pear Productions is developing a 30 second intro (with music compliments of Ron Bumblefoot' Thal from Guns N Roses for the trailer/pilot for the upcoming Borderhounds animated series. Brimstone: Long Island native William Kucmierowski is an American professional wrestler, actor, author, fashion mogul, philanthropist, and comic book hero, better known by his shortened name Will Kaye or his professional name, Brimstone. In a nutshell, Kaye has had a successful and rewarding career spanning well over two decades encompassing everything entertainment.
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