June 30, 2021
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Barbaric #1: So, here’s the thing about Barbaric: The premise is so good that a creative team could have sleepwalked through a few issues and still done something pretty damn entertaining with it. It’s just a great idea, and I knew from the moment I read the first solicit copy on the book that I’d want in on it. But here’s the other thing about Barbaric: The creative team isn’t sleepwalking. Writer Michael Moreci and artist Nathan Gooden have instead honed their craft to a deadly edge and launched into this book with a triumphant war cry of humor, heart, and bloodthirsty ambition, and because of that we got one of the best first issues of the year.
As the title suggests, Barbaric follows a barbarian, but he’s not up to his usual barbaric hijinks anymore. No, when we meet him, Owen the Barbarian has been cursed by a group of witches to only do the right thing in any situation, no matter what he might think of it. To help him in this quest, he’s got a bloodthirsty talking axe who lets him know who he can and can’t brutally kill.