Title: The Worst Dudes #1
Publisher: Dark Horse
Words: Aubrey Sitterson
Art: Tony Gregori
Colors: Lovern Kindzierski
Published: June 2, 2021
Publisher’s Summary: “The book so dirty it’ll turn your other comics yellow! A dirty cop, a drugged-up back-up dancer, and an angsty adolescent god; the absolute worst dudes in the galaxy are on a raunch-filled hunt for a missing pop star. It’s a hilarious, aggressively weird, willfully vulgar detective story from noted reprobates Aubrey Sitterson (No One Left to Fight, The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling) and Tony Gregori (Deuce of Hearts, Karma Police). Heavy metal with a humorous bent. For Mature Readers.”
A corrupt cop named Sam Sugar gets called into an audience with the literally godlike Eternal Empress just as he is about to dispatch a drug dealer he thinks is lying. His assignment is to find the recently gone missing and illegitimate offspring of her indiscrete husband and bring her back. For some reason the Empress also demands that her son named Bang accompany Sam on the mission.
The publisher advertises The Worst Dudes as “dirty,” and compares it to Heavy Metal, but other than superficial details, it really doesn’t come close to either. That’s not saying it is bad, just that those are misleading comparisons. The Worst Dudes is actually quite good, and a load of fun.
Aubrey Sitterson begins with a standard grizzled veteran on a milk run story, then populates the quest with some over the top characters. Think Dirty Harry meets High Plains Drifter in the 25th century gathering some of the archetypes of OZ to find out that there is more to all of this than meets the eye (of course).
The artwork of Tony Gregori and color work of Lovern Kindzierski establish a visual feast full of hallucinatory mirthfulness.
The Bottom Line
The Worst Dudes is funny, irreverent, and profane as well as delightfully packed with swashbuckling adventure. Definitely worth a look.