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"Gl'urk & Bo #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by BG Comics

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Written by Taylor Shelton King
Illustrated by Tom Hoskisson
Colored by Jimmy G.
Lettered by Matt Krotzer
2020, 36 pages, $4.99
Comic released on February 17th, 2021

Review:

Space trucking seems like an easy enough job. The ship does most of the work and you spend a chunk of the trip in cryo-sleep. Gl'urk & Bo wake up a little early to check out some system issues, but the ship's computer can't identify any problems. After sampling some space weed, the two start seeing horrifying creatures lurking from the shadows. Is something out to get them? Or are they just really high?

We don't get into the origin stories of these two buds just yet, nor is it really necessary. Writer Taylor Shelton King establishes the basics of their universe and what they're up to without having to give a history lesson. They are basically on their own here and they don't have a real boss, so they have free reign to do what they want on the job.

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Artist Tom Hoskisson establishes a blend of genres early on. From the first few pages, you there's a humorous sci-fi vibe, especially as Gl'urk & Bo light up. It's laid back and casual and they look very welcoming and relatable. That changes when the shadows start to move. This is subtle at first, with a face peering through a window to heighten the tension. It's like the beginning of a roller coaster with the big climb. The first drop is a doozy, with these amorphous creatures full of blood and teeth ready to gobble up the truckers.

Hoskisson's work on these things is super creepy. The focus on the teeth is particularly unsettling, as they're like rows of oddly shaped daggers twisted into a sickening grin. Colorist Jimmy G. gives this a sickly appearance with a dingy quality, like these teeth have never been brushed before. Despite this, they still stand out against the shadowy look of this creature. The rest of its body is made of darkness and pulsing red veins that seem capable of strangling anyone that gets too close.

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Letterer Matt Krotzer differentiates between the two main characters with unique caption boxes, so we know who is thinking what. Where Krotzer's work shines is with the sound effects. They are shaped very well, adding to each scene, whether it's the sound of boots walking across metal grates or a monstrous roar towards the end of this issue.

Gl'urk & Bo mixes a few different genres in this debut issue, combining sci-fi, horror, and comedy for a story that will keep you on your toes. The humorous parts are a little dry and are basically just your typical stoner gags. Where the book excels is with the scarier segments, which are paced very well. This is tailor made for fans of the Alien franchise.

Gl'urk & Bo #1 is available now on ComiXology.

Grades:

Story: threeandahalfstars Cover

Art: threeandahalfstars
Overall: 3.5 Star Rating

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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