Written by Ryan Ferrier
Illustrated by Devaki Neogi
Colors by Neil Lalonde
Letters by Colin Bell
Published by BOOM! Studios
Release Date: 02/25/2015
It seems like every few weeks I read a another first issue from BOOM! Studios and announce to everyone that I have a new favorite BOOM! series. This time, it’s Ryan Ferrier’s CURB STOMP. Ferrier who has done fantastic work on the outstanding digital comic ‘D4VE’, is teaming up with Devaki Neogi (Zombie Broadway), and Neil Lalonde in what I can only describe as a violent and personal story about friendship, family, and home.
Curb Stomp tells the story of an all-female gang called the Fever. We are introduced to Violet Volt, Daisy Chain, Derby Girl, Bloody Mary, and Machete Betty (perhaps has one of the greatest gang names ever). Each girl has their own story and we get a glimpse of that in this first issue as we see that Mary is caring for her sick mother, and Daisy is raising her niece. Along with family, all they have is each other and Old Beach, their home turf.
These are the types of stories that usually go untold. Of course we don’t know the entire back story yet, but I imagine these women living in this economically underdeveloped part of this city, an area like many that exist in this country. Sometimes just being from or growing up in areas like Old Beach by default label you with a socioeconomic status that can present real and dangerous obstacles in your life.
Ferrier is giving these characters a voice, and seems set to tell their story regardless of how brutal and heartbreaking it may be. In this first issue, we find out why the series is titled “Curb Stomp”, and the transition from this violent act to the next panel seems appropriate as we see how political corruption can enable these types of criminal behavior.
Aside from the corrupt mayor, we have King Charles from The Wrath, the Newport gang that controls the gun distribution in the city and surrounding boroughs. Nikola leads the Bayside Five and controls the drug flow from Bayside. Together they have formulated a plan to take control of Old Beach, and it seems as if a reelection and future business opportunities are at stake. Only the Fever stand in their way. If there are rules in this type of warfare, one of the gangs has already violated them (unknowingly to the Fever), placing our girls in a frightening life and death situation.
The writing from Ferrier is superb, as he displays great pace with these quick character intros and diving right into the thick of the story, which is essential in my opinion in a limited series. Not being familiar with any previous works from Neogi and Lalonde, I was really impressed with the art. Neogi’s depictions of the characters (especially the stomp victim) were remarkable, and the coloring schema with the red and blue faces, and then the switch to green was amazing. I’m not going to pretend to entirely understand it just yet, but it really stood out for me.
Curb Stomp #1 has a very punk rock feel to it, not just because of the Black Flag cover band scene, but because of the characters and the attitude as well. Ferrier has taken these girls that remind me a bit of The Lizzies, and placed them in an immensely compelling setting that happens to be in a graphic novel. With the work displayed by this creative team in this first issue, the series now shows incredible promise and potential to be BOOM! Studios next big ongoing!
REVIEW: CURB STOMP #1
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)