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4LN Comic Review: Drax #1

Series: Drax
Writer(s): CM Punk & Cullen Bunn
Artist: Scott Hepburn
Colorist: Matt Milla
Page Count: 23

Drax

Summary from Comixology: “UFC fighter CM Punk makes his mighty Marvel Debut! Drax the Destroyer is the muscle for the Guardians of the Galaxy, but what does he do when he’s not adventuring through space with the Guardians? He lets his bloodthirsty quest for revenge take the pilot seat, of course! Determined to find and kill Thanos once and for all, Drax is ready to take on the universe. But when you’re tooling around the universe in a ship aptly named “The Space Sucker”, an unwavering desire for bloodshed isn’t enough to keep a mission from derailing. Drax crash lands into his wildest adventures ever, encountering foes no one will ever expect! The depths of space may not be big enough to contain this much grit, vengeance and all-out action!”

I’m a huge wrestling fan, and CM Punk is my all-time favorite wrestler. He was the perfect heel, and you never really knew what to expect from him. It’s one of the things that made him so amazing in the ring, and during promo’s. From his feuds with Undertaker to The Rock, CM Punk could sell anything. In April of this year it was announced that CM Punk would be writing a comic, and I was beyond excited. Although I’m not a big Guardians fan, I couldn’t think of a better character for CM Punk to write than Drax. I know that Punk is a pretty big comic book fan, so I’m sure he was marking out for this opportunity like I was marking out to be able to read it. I’ve been patently waiting for this book to hit shelves, and I’m so pumped it’s finally here.

This comic is a great mixture of pure violence, and also comedic relief. This is may be only the 10th Guardians related comic that I have read, but I really enjoyed what CM Punk and Cullen Bunn are doing with this book. As a comic writer, I’m a big fan of Bunn’s work on Magneto and Sinestro. He does a great job capturing the villains and the reason for their actions. I think Bunn and CM Punk make a great team, and I really look forward to where this book is going to go. This creative team makes a badass Drax, and he’s a character I would never want to mess with. Two scenes that stick out vividly in my mind happen within the first five pages of the book. The first one, Drax just rips an alien in half, and sprays blood, gore, and entrails all over Rocket Raccoon, who’s just not that thrilled about it, for some reason…

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When I first flipped through this book, I wasn’t that thrilled with the art. It seemed very “cartoon-y” but when I finally began reading the book, I realized the art was actually a perfect fit for the tone of the book, and Scott Hepburn’s art ended up kinda stealing the show. I also think that Matt Milla did a beautiful job with the colors in this book. It was a great blend of dark colors, but also very bight blues, pinks, and greens. The more I read this book, the more and more I began to love everything about it.

For this being CM Punk’s first time co-writing an entire book, he did a great job. It seems like Punk and Cullen Bunn both have a main vision for this book, and it seems like together they are going to make Drax one hell of an interesting read. Punk and Bunn made me interested in a character that I have never had a desire to read, or see in a solo book, so for that I seriously congratulate them as writers. I’ll be coming back next month to see what happens, and I think you’ll be missing out if you don’t pick this issue up.

Let it be known that I made sure this review was edited with a fine tooth comb, because the last thing I want is to be on CM Punk’s Grammar Slam. Where he rips trolls apart for insulting him with bad grammar.

 

Music Pairing:
I really had to think about what the best music would be for this book. I wanted to say Cult of Personality only because that was one of CM Punk’s walk out music when he was still with the WWE, but that didn’t really mesh well with the book. Instead I think a better fit would be the LA garage punk band F.I.D.L.A.R. (Fuck it Dog, Life’s a Risk)  and the song Drone just feels like it’s a good fit for this book.

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