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Story 9.0
Art 8.0
Value 7.0
Total 8.0
Publisher: Viper Comics
Release Date: November 2010
Reviewer: Troy Mayes

8.0


Blue Agave & Worm
GRAPHIC NOVEL

Booze and superheroes. That’s the basic premise for Blue Agave & Worm from ‘Family Guy’ writer Kirk Butler and if you like ‘Family Guy’ style humor then you’ll probably find a lot to like in Blue Agave & Worm.  

Albert Lopez. Jr is one of the worst comedians ever and pretty much a loser. With a crappy job, no girlfriend, dysfunctional family and a best friend who is about to leave L.A and go back to Mexico Albert isn’t exactly living the high life. As it always goes everything changes one night when Albert gets hammered on tequila, falls into an agave plant and wakes to a talking 500 year-old burrow named Ricardo who tells him he’s a Mexican superhero the Blue Agave. Yeah, things start to get a whole lot weirder and more interesting from then on. 

Creating new superheroes is hard. Even Stan Lee’s latest efforts with Boom Studios! have been a little bit mixed and he’s Stan Lee! Still, Butler has managed to create a new superhero that feels unique while also playing to his strengths, he’s freaking hilarious when’s he not trying to be a comedian and he needs to get hammered to access his powers. Yeah, not exactly the type of morally straight superhero we are accustomed too but it’s a refreshing and fun change of pace.  Albert is the kind of guy you also can’t help but like as he starts out so pathetic you want him to succeed. Tony, his best friend and eventual sidekick, is twisted yet funny in that strange, borderline wrong way that many of the ‘Family Guy’ characters are. Ricardo is awesome because he’s a talking burrow (donkey) who just doesn’t give a damn anymore because he’s one Blue Agave away from retirement. Imagine Donkey from Shrek’s creepy uncle who has lived a hard life and may or may not be a drunk and that’s what Ricardo is like.  

The book is at its best when it plays to its twisted side. The moment at home with Albert’s family was kind of awkward but the meeting with the burrow Ricardo and the American superhero Bud were crazy, a little racist yet laugh out loud funny. Butler doesn’t pull any punches with the jokes and uses the racist comments as a way of bringing still existing prejudices to the forefront. It’s a style some people may not be able to see through, sometimes it can be pretty blunt, but most of the time Butler pulls it off well. The one thing I’m not so sure about is where exactly Butler plans to go with the series. We were introduced to another drunken superhero, Bud, but are there villains too? What is the greater role of the Blue Agave?  

The artwork really fits well with the story. Butler has created such a fun and crazy story, superheroes that need to get drunk to use their powers, and the cartoony art style with a lot of crisp, clean and bright colors mirrors the fun story. It also used a technique I’m not too familiar with. A lot of the backgrounds in the comic look like they are actually photos from the L.A area. I think I’d have to see it used more too fully judge it but it certainly adds to the strange nature of the book and helps it stand out from the crowd as there aren’t any impressive splash pages or really epic fights. 

Great characters and great dialogue are the highlight of this series and you’d expect that from a writer who has experience with the ‘Family Guy’ series. If you’re a fan of that sort of humor then you’ll find Blue Agave & Worm a fun, twisted little superhero comic unlike anything you’ve read before. Coupled with some well suited artwork I can’t wait to see where Butler does decide to take it next. Russian vodka guy battling French wine guy, sure I’d pay to see that.    






 
 



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