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Sh*tShow #1 - Scout Comics - Review

Sh*tshow #1 releases on New Comic Book Day this week, 12/16/2020! The book is published by Scout Comics written by Adam Barnhardt, with illustration by Samir Simao, colors by Warnia K. Sahadewa, and letters by Lettersquids. Let's dig in. 

First, the solicit:

"The world once had an Age of Heroes, where Legend, the Principled Protector of Peace, and his Legion defended the Earth from threats far and wide. Then, in the blink of an eye, unimaginably horrific forces catapulted the Age of Heroes into extinction! Now, as people wander aimlessly through a hero-less world, the Magnificent McCoys travel far and wide to showcase their powers for the almighty penny. Led by Richard McCoy - the hero once known as Legend - the McCoys try to find normalcy in a world that is just slivers of what it once was. As the dust finally begins to settle, the dark force that looked to conquer the world returns to finish the job it started. Can Legend remain sober enough to put this mysterious force down once and for all?"


Juicy right? So Legend was the leader of a team of heroes who were defeated. He's drowning his sorrows now to avoid facing reality. But the big bad is back (we learn his name is Balam) and Legend has to try to pull his sh*t together.


The cover has our protagonist drowning aforementioned sorrows as the world goes up in flames around him. We can see the three heads of Balam rising over the flames. Great number 1 cover here showing the state of things and the good & bad. Looking forward to seeing this in person. There's a 1:10 incentive cover that I'll be hunting for as well with a darker and contrasting view. While the A cover is burning up with bright orange and reds, the 1:10 has a more shadowed and darker look at Legend lying passed out. I only found a thumbnail of it, so it'll be a surprise come Wednesday.

Barnhardt throws you into the mix quick and keeps a consistent pace through out the book. We get our first-issue-style team introduction in a splash page where they're fighting the three headed demon called Balam. Traditional hero stuff, until it isn't. Things start going wrong for the team before they go very wrong. Leading to some gruesome deaths and the reduction of the team to only two surviving members! Fast forward some years and Richard (Legend) is washed up and hardly conscious with his daughter taking care of him. They live a carnival lifestyle, traveling to show off their "powers" as now there seems to be no use for super heroes any more. We meet the McCoys, the last family from the Age of Heroes. Macbre Mel and Legend are hardly what they used to be, as if to prove that, their act is interrupted by Balam rolling in on a bolt of lightening. This dude means business, and he intends to kill Legend this time around. This was a great read. I was pulled into the team quickly and became interested in the dynamic between then and now. The book takes the expectations of a heroic team and really mixes things up. 

Simao and Sahadewa bring the story to life, giving each of the characters a style and vibe while presenting a darker modern world - one without the super heroes it had. The dismal feel of the carnival and Legend's current lifestyle was on point. The art for Macabre Mel really stood out. The full page that comes after the panel below has her lashing out. These heroes have some serious power but the force they're up against is clearly nothing to scoff at. The characters and book are all brought together by Lettersquids work on each character. All the dialogue has its own font and style while adhering well to an overall theme for the story. Appropriately scrawled with some stand out words and style on every page. 

 


Overall this first issue rocks; the characters and premise are fresh. With the stage set, I'm excited to see what happens next. There's much more to potentially learn about the original team and the current one, not to mention the origin and intent of Balam's arrival. Can Legend pull the McCoys together to be more than a sideshow attraction or does he really want to? The interesting thing for us is that it doesn't seem like he has a choice. Look for Sh*tshow in shops this week!

- Rob