Curse Words: an Image Comics series from writer Charles Soule that somehow I liked and then equally somehow completely forgot about. How did that happen? I don’t know, but it did.
Anyway, I finally got around to Volume 2.
Curse Words is about a wizard named Wizord who came from a magical dimension with a talking, shapechanging animal named Margaret. He was supposed to conquer the place for his boss Sizzajee, but he found he rather liked the Earth and decided not to. Now, that doesn’t make Wizord the good guy. He’s a rather selfish fellow who hides what he’s really doing behind a lot of lies and half-truths. He isn’t here so much to save the world as enjoy it, taking what he wants, and with little care as to who may get hurt in the process.
In point of fact, the reveal at the end of the first volume suggests Wizord is somehow responsible for Sizzajee’s rise anyway.
Volume 2 picks up with Sizzajee a somewhat odd fellow in that he can be both cruel and a good boss at the same time to his underlings, calling his top magic-users together to pick one to go to Earth and take down Wizord. His last attempt, Wizord’s ex Ruby Stitch, lost her magic and is doing her own thing to get it back, and he does have his own interesting contest, one that sticks to the location where Sizzajee’s Hole World may have originated. Sizzajee’s various minions plot, scheme, and attempt to form alliances to get the right to be the next person to try to bring the traitor Wizord down.
Wizord, meanwhile, is getting closer to the truth while scheming to get the president of the United States on his side to repel Sizzajee’s assaults. All Wizord wants is to have magic and live on Earth. Granted, he doesn’t care if people get hurt for him to have these things, but Wizord is not so much a hero as a bit of a prick.
Soule’s story is more humorous than anything else this time. I appreciate that, as it is a very silly story at its core. The magical dimension is called “Hole World,” and Sizzajee is a bit of an odd antagonist in that he doesn’t seem to be entirely evil so much as rather a mundane boss with a lot of magical power that occasionally lashes out when his underlings annoy him. I am a lot more intrigued now than I was after the first volume. I really hope I won’t wait quite so long to get to the third volume.
8.5 out of 10 Margaret moments.
Really, Margaret may be the best part of this series.