Review- Man Goat & The Bunny Man #1
[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Publisher: Zenescope Entertainment
Writer: Joe Brusha
Artist: Guillermo Fajardo
Color Artist: Ulises Arreola
Letterer: Tyler Esposito (of Ghost Glyphs Studios)
Created By: Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco, Dave Franchini
Review by: Kendra Hale
If you are looking for a wild, raunchy, foul-mouthed, funny time, look no further than Man Goat & The Bunny Man #1. To say I wasn’t ready for this is an understatement. A tale of two cryptid roomies who try to keep humanity safe while wanting no acknowledgement of their adventures? Count me in.
It’s Bad, Isn’t It?
Meet Floyd and Phil. Floyd is a temperamental Bunny Man who seems to suffer from manic episodes. Joined by Phil, a Man Goat who sees himself as a gift to women, these two are introduced as they take down a nest of mutants. After they finish and the danger is gone, a group of monster hunters stumble upon them and take our heroes for the monsters. Forced to flee, the guys get picked up and taken home to safety to help humanity another day.
Floyd deals with a dire crush coming to life while Phil’s focus is on the strange occurrences happening in their town as a tourist has gone missing in quite the cult-like way. He is correct, of course, as the guys have targets on their backs, not only from a cult looking to gain power from Phil, but a second group of monster hunters are also hot on their trail with blood on their minds. Life, eh?
Joe Brusha and Guillermo Fajardo have given us an out-of-the-box story that is beyond a guilty pleasure. It is captivating in a ‘so wrong it’s right’ type of way. From poop to furry jokes, it really spans the spectrum, and I won’t lie, there is a scene with the monster hunters at the end that made me gag. But the dynamic of the characters and the concept is intriguing and has some really genuinely funny moments. The scenes with Floyd and his crush are adorable, as is his picture in the paper. But the moments with the cult leader and the random animals just appearing out of his cloak while he is taking a call made me giggle.
While the artwork is gorgeous, the colors by Ulises Arreola steal the show. They are vibrant when needed and dark when demanded. They stand out and force your attention. And of course, there is plenty of blood.
The raunchiness tip toes the line for me personally, but this is Zenescope. It isn’t outside of their wheelhouse to touch on jokes or subjects in that area. Soooo… grain of salt.
Man Goat & The Bunny Man #1 is a great break away from the normal fare in comics. It is a unique concept and I look forward to seeing what the full story is that Joe Brusha is telling across these 3 issues.
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