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"Bottoms Up: Hard Liquor #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Cabello Comics


Written by Joe Cabello
Illustrated by Laura Moondragon and Kent Esmalla
2020, 34 Pages


Roger was looking to show his niece, Indigo, and her hot friend, Cara, a good time, so he picked up a mysterious bottle of liquor from the local shop. As he prepares for his role as the pervy uncle, he samples the drink and literally melts into a puddle of goo. That's not going to stop Cara and Indigo from having some fun.

I've seen all kinds of demonic and possessed artifacts in horror, but I haven't seen a lot to do with alcohol. Bottoms Up: Hard Liquor doesn't reveal much about this evil bottle just yet, but it's clear its effects are troublesome. There are maybe two pages alluding to the dangers this drink can have, although they do pack a punch. Artist Laura Moondragon shows what's left of Roger in this bit of body horror.

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The bulk of this first issue is spent with Cara and Indigo fulfilling the role of stereotypical co-eds looking for fun. This is fine for a bit as we are getting introduced to these characters, but when it makes up the majority of the comic, it can get rather tiresome. Writer Joe Cabello takes this through a few tangents that provide a bit of background for this duo, but ultimately distract from the subject at hand: The demon juice.

It also doesn't help that every character with the exception of maybe Cara is a horrible person. Roger is blatantly trying to bang his niece. Indigo is doesn't have much in the way of a personality. Cara has some redeeming qualities and she shows that she wants to better herself by trying to attend an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, but is pulled out of it by Indigo's bad influence.

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The artwork shifts from Moondragon in the opening scene to Kent Esmalla for the rest of the issue. Esmalla's style is very cartoony and fits more in a comedy book than a horror one. There are also a lot of short cuts with pictures of backgrounds instead of actual illustrations. This combination took me right out of the story because all of a sudden we're presented with a copied and pasted image from some furniture catalog that looks nothing like the rest of the book.

There are some good ideas introduced in Bottoms Up: Hard Liquor, but they're overshadowed by stereotypical characters without depth and mismatched artwork. Obviously, every story needs some character development, however this feels more like treading water than moving anything forward. At the very least, it will have you second guessing taking a swig from a strange bottle.


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Overall: 1.5 Star Rating

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About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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