Comic Book Review: ‘Bronze Age Boogie’ #1
It has barbarian hordes fighting an army of zombie monsters (including a zombie T-Rex)! Do you really need to know anything else?
Okay, so maybe some of you want to know more than that.
Published by newcomer Comics AHOY, Bronze Age Boogie #1 is absurdly fun. In addition to barbarians and zombie monster armies, it has mad scientists, talking apes, disco balls, time travel, and alien invasions. “Bronze Age” is both a reference to the historical era at the dawn of civilization, as well as the era of comic books from roughly 1970 to 1985. It draws heavily on 1970’s comic book subject matter, without feeling weighted down by nostalgia. The set pieces may be over 40 years old, but it certainly feels like a modern comic.
Writer Stuart Moore (Wolverine Nior) shines, giving subtle knowing nods at the ridiculous tale he’s spinning. There’s an underlying intelligence at play, winking at the absurdity. Most of that comes from the lead character, Brita Constantina.
Brita speaks in very modern English, while everyone around her talks like they fell out of a Conan comic. She knows about modern inventions like pizza and Birkenstocks. There’s clearly something different about her, and it isn’t long before readers learn something about the source of her otherworldly knowledge:
The book has two seemingly unconnected story lines that are clearly on a collision course, although the “how” is a big question. One plot is set in 1975 AD and the other set in 1975 BC. Brita is clearly the link between the two, and when her Bronze Age home is threatened by an alien invasion, readers start to see a bleed from one era into the other.
Artist Alberto Ponticelli (Batman: The Dark Knight) delivers great work. Where some artists might have felt compelled to root their art style in a more 70’s aesthetic, Ponticelli leans in a more modern direction. It’s a smart choice, that keeps the book from feeling like a 70’s tribute band. His action scenes are appropriately epic for the material, but his attention to detail in the smaller character moments are where he really shines. Brita is imbued with a ton of character through subtle facial expressions under Ponticelli’s pencils.
There is also a great back up story by Tyrone Finch and artist Mauricet. It involves divorced coworkers and an astronaut bear. How can you go wrong with subject matter like that?
Bronze Age Boogie #1 is an outstanding first issue. It offers fun by the bucket-load, epic adventure, and a lot of subtle humor. Although its subject matter is drawn from 70’s comics, it isn’t stuck in the past, and feels fresh and relevant. There’s also enough mystery to pull readers back for another round.
Bronze Age Boogie #1 is in comic shops on April 3rd, 2019.