Curse Words is a new, darkly comedic fantasy comic from writer Charles Soule (Daredevil, She-Hulk) and artist Ryan Browne (God Hates Astronauts) due early next year from Image Comics. The title details the adventures of a wizard named Wizord who turns up in modern-day New York and starts using his magical powers to help people. The twist? “He is actually an evil wizard in good wizard disguise,” Soule says. “It’s a reverse Breaking Bad with a bad guy trying to go good, except that it’s with magic instead of meth. But you can’t outrun your past, and so magical assassins, and all this craziness starts to show up in the city. There’s hogtaurs, there’s spells…”
Wait, back up. What the Dickens is a hogtaur? “It’s like a centaur, except the horse part is a big, burly hog,” Soule says. “It is my hope that by this point next year, ‘hogtaur’ has entered the popular lexicon in a big way. It’s time. I think we’re ready as a people.”
The pair also believe we’re ready for a modern-looking wizard. “Wizord really loves our modern world and absorbs our culture and our fashion,” says Browne. “It all looks really eccentric because he has a giant white wizard beard the whole time.”
Soule and Browne have collaborated on a number of previous comics, including an issue of the latter’s God Hates Astronauts which was “narrated” by Soule. “I thought maybe some of Charles’ fans would start reading my book,” says Browne. “But what happened was my cult-ish fans all started bothering Charles, which is really funny to me.”
“I have become a character in Ryan’s extremely bizarre God Hates Astronauts universe,” says Soule. “To the extent that, people will often come up to Ryan at conventions and ask him to draw sketches of me in strange, compromised ways. Which is just something I’ve learned to accept.”
You can see exclusive images from Curse Words above and, below.