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Curb Stomp #1

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With this title and the fascinating characters introduced, you should not pass this book by.

The Good

When we first heard about a comic called CURB STOMP coming out, I immediately cringed a little inside. The idea of a curb stomp is incredibly brutal. When the news accompanied by a list of female gang members as the lead characters, I was both intrigued and a little confused. I did wonder if the book would be for me. Thankfully I read it and discovered it will have an appeal for many.

The easiest and quickest way to sum it up is the movie The Warriors with a gang of five women. In the borough of Old Beach, outside a big metropolitan city, we find there is a gang of five women called The Fever. It's an area the police tend to avoid so it's up to the ladies to protect their home. There are other gangs in neighboring boroughs but there is an agreement for everyone to keep to their own turf. Obviously things will take a turn for the worse. A scheme is hatched and we soon find a gang war about to erupt.

Throughout the story, Ryan Ferrier does develop the characters as we come across them (you can find out more about the ladies HERE). Despite the title, this isn't a book that hinges on violence to carry it along. We see the ladies as real characters that are simply doing what they need to to get by and protect their own.

There is a nice mix to the characters and they each have their own feel and personality. This is further shown with the art by Devaki Neogi. While there is an actual curb stomping that takes place, it's not done in a gratuitous way. Yes, we'll have some violence here but it's not extreme or over the top.

The Bad

While I did enjoy the art and look for each character, there were a few moments it didn't quite feel right. At times, some of the panels felt a little over-saturated with reds and oranges. Some of the characters came across as a little stiff too.

The Verdict

CURB STOMP was a delightful surprise. That doesn't quite sound right considering how savage the act is. Ryan Ferrier has introduced us to an interesting little corner of the world where gang violence and turf wars are a way of life. There's obviously an intriguing angle with a gang consisting of five ass-kicking women. Each has their own look, feel, and really cool name. The art does go along with establish the mood and vibe of the book. There were some moments the art and color felt off a little but not enough to fully distract you from enjoying the issue. CURB STOMP has me hooked. I found myself cringing at times and on the edge of my seat and the events escalated towards the end. There aren't really many books like CURB STOMP on the shelves and I'd recommend you check it out.

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WarDishy_

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Sounds interesting, I'll have to check this out at some point, although my reading list is pretty back-logged.

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Can't wait to get to my comic shop to pick this up, hope it's open this afternoon, looks like a good little mini series.

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Wow! That was disappointing!

One moment they're bad ass chicks throwing Molotov's, next moment they start crying like teenage girls. On one hand they're a gang ruling an entire neighborhood, on the other hand it feels like this is the first time they get into a fight and trouble. The balance between self-confidence and self-doubt just isn't right here. The balance of everything is totally off here.

How come the combined power of both the drugs and weapons gang can't handle these five girls? It just doesn't add up much.

Curb Stomp and the Fever are lacking credibility.

This is a below average story.

Perhaps my expectations after reading the Meet The Fever feature were way too high? The idea of Curb Stomp and The Fever is better than its execution though.

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@donfelipe: in terms of having tough women, I feel like The Kitchen does a much better job. On the other hand, the women in this book are a lot younger in age (25 if I'm not mistaken) compared to the kitchen. But I agree with you that the tone isn't consistent. Hopefully, the second issue has a bit more stomp (pardon the pun) to it.

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Really looking forward to this. Totally seems like my kind of book.

@donfelipe: I think it is kind of shallow to suggest that crying and other shows of emotion makes anyone less of a badass.

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I, going to have to say I am a little disappointed with this book and it mainly has to do with the art. I dig the story and the characters but the art just brought me out of the story very static and didn't really "feel" any emotion or action from the art everything just seemed really stiff.vthe punches and kicks lacked that oomph impact feeling. I wish the artist that did the covers also did the interiors, the characters on the cover express such attitude the way they are drawn that the interiors severely lack. I'm going to continue this series just because it's a four issue mini and I do enjoy the story.

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That cover is awesome

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This was really cool, my fav comic of the week followed by Black Hood

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Yeah, this title made me cringe. I still cringed when the "curb stomp" happened. I'm keeping myself ambivalent on how I feel about this, for now.

@ovi08 said:

@donfelipe: in terms of having tough women, I feel like The Kitchen does a much better job. On the other hand, the women in this book are a lot younger in age (25 if I'm not mistaken) compared to the kitchen. But I agree with you that the tone isn't consistent. Hopefully, the second issue has a bit more stomp (pardon the pun) to it.

The Kitchen does come off as having more tougher characters, but to be fair we've got a few issues under our belt to make the comparison. Then again, I was floored right from the first issue in that title.

I am hoping for a better second issue for this new book as well.

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@pixel_kaiser said:
@donfelipe: I think it is kind of shallow to suggest that crying and other shows of emotion makes anyone less of a badass.

I wasn't talking about a single person and character but The Fever as a group who's supposed to be that bad ass gang ruling Old Beach for quite a while already. The book is called Curb Stomp and it showcases one of The Fever, coincidentally their leader Machete Betty, curb stomping another gang's member (half) to death. Then there is action involving bats and Molotov's. The Fever's vicious and barbarous actions are in great contrast to their otherwise very sensible characters. This works for an individual (perhaps a single member of such gang who realizes this way of life is not the right way for her/him) but if this is how all the members of such gang are characterized then it seems to be very unrealistic to me. Every brutal action is followed by crying and being worried about the consequences. Again, this can happen once... but not all the time. With such sensible reactions (thus characters) they either wouldn't be in such gang or dead by now. The Fever are bad ass and wannabe at the same time. They would never be able to stand the combined powers of the Drugs and Weapons gangs in real life. I know it's just a comic book, some sort of fictional story, nonetheless Curb Stomp is meant to be a slice-of-life kinda story.

There's a perfect comic book and story for each and every one of us... and this ain't perfect for me. It's not the brutality. It's not the crying. It's the combination of it going from one extreme to another.

Curb Stomp does feature a strong female lead which I like to see more often.

What I would take back is "it's a below average story."

The story-telling is just below average. The story and premise are quite okay really.

Curb Stomp is definitely getting a second chance, and third, and fourth. :P

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@ms-lola: @ovi08: The Kitchen! I guess I'm gonna have to trade wait now.

I still don't know how I could have missed it (being a huge fan of Ming Doyle... since Mara).

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@donfelipe: It's about half way through its eight issue run.

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@ms-lola: Yeah, half way through is kinda too late. Being in Europe, my LCS is on a bi-weekly delivery schedule for US comics and ordering backups can take 4-6 weeks easily. It's complicated. In this case the fifth or sixth issue could be here before the first four or five. I've been there --too many times!-- and it wouldn't make much sense. However, depending on how long it'll take Vertigo to release the trade it could still be faster to order all 8 regular issues at once (when the run is over).

I should probably check out the first issue online...

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@donfelipe: That sucks. Hopefully they'll go to trade really fast after the last issue. Like most books, I think it'll read better that way as well. I plan to pick it up myself (if it does).