Title: Bully Wars #1
Writer: Skottie Young
Artist: Aaron Conley
Cover: Scott O. Brown
Publication Date: September 5, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “I HATE FAIRYLAND and Deadpool writer SKOTTIE YOUNG and artist AARON CONLEY (Sabertooth Swordsman, Rocket Raccoon & Groot) team up for a hilarious all-new, all-ages ONGOING SERIES! Rufus, the biggest bully in Rottenville since kindergarten, suddenly goes from bully to bullied on the first day of high school. He’s forced to make a shaky pact with his favorite geeks: Spencer and his twin sibling besties, Edith and Ernie. Together they’ll have to find a way to survive the Hunger Games-like contest known simply as the BULLY WARS—where the winner will rule the school!”
Bully Wars #1 puts the freshman bully, Rufus, in the hot seat, mixing up the tradition high school roles, and creating an unlikely partnership. With his reputation as bully on the line, and the resident bully breathing down his neck, Rufus turns to his schoolmates and former victims for help. But can they win the bully wars? High School is about to get really complicated.
There’s nothing like a comic about high school that reminds you more of how great it feels to not be in high school. Skottie Young expertly takes the tension, fear, and anxiety of freshman year and transfers them on the bully himself. Young’s bully turned victim creates an interesting dynamic for the story, as the cast of characters now have one common goal: win the bully wars. The rest of the characters, Spencer, Edith and Ernie, all have there place in the script, each with a slightly different talent. Young’s characters are diverse and a little goofy, but I think that’s everyone in high school.
Aaron Conley’s art is intensely colorful. Each panel is captures the utterly rotten nature of Rottenville, but with a kind of cartoony flare, that is also present in Young’s script. Conley moves between vivid colors and dank settings, crafting a kind of, well, rotten world for Rottenville High. Conley puts plenty of detail in creating the Rottenville High setting, complete with matching rat stone statues and subtle rat references throughout. The art strikes just the right tone, some where between high school melodrama and teen comedy. Relatable, but also funny as hell.
The Bottom Line:
Bully Wars #1 is the perfect antidote to your end of Summer blues! Skottie Young’s script is familiar, but fresh, with those classic high school elements. While Aaron Conley’s art crafts the mildly dank and moldy mood of Rottenville High. I’m looking forward to what’s in store for these misfit cast of characters.