Freshest Detectives on the Scene (Mashbone & Grifty #1 Indie Showcase Review)

Mashbone & Grifty #1: “The First Rule…” (Part 1)

Writer: Oscar Garza and Rolando Esquivel

Art: Rolando Esquivel

Sometimes we all have a need to indulge in the absurd, I personally like to get so absurd that I’ll consume media that one would say is cancer. Varying from things like Rick and Morty to Xavier: Renegade Angel, to even internet cancer like Filthy Frank and HowToBasic. If you’re familiar with any of these and they make you ugly laugh, then you can trust me when I say that this new series I just picked up, Mashbone & Grifty, is just too much cancer in the best way ever. It’s quirky, wildly offensive, and downright stupid all rolled into a burrito of media that will give your mind the bubble guts.

What Happens:

Mashbone & Grifty is an irreverent comedy about two losers trying to live out their dreams as bar booth detectives. Starring Mashbone: caveman with a bone through his head and a wild imagination and Grifty: a never-was cop who settles for mediocrity as a mall cop. In an obvious ploy to get free drinks from their favorite bar, our protagonists plan to become detectives. When the bartender tells them the drinks aren’t free, fate sees the two through as some come into the bar needing detectives because someone has stolen his prized, home raised cock. The man explains that he works for a crime lord who runs a floating cockfighting ring around the city. With a down payment of $25, the two upstart gumshoes are on the case with a paid bar tab.

My Thoughts:

This comic doesn’t pull any punches what so ever; any opportunity it has to say something obscene or raunchy it takes. Honestly, I was on the floor laughing for most of this issue, but I’m not gonna lie to you, it’s hard to read if cancer humor isn’t your niche. It would appear to be one of those comics that has two very specific kinds of fans: one that sees it and knows it dumb and sticks around for the laughs or the ones, like me, that see this as a genius metacommentary linked to politics and the general status quo of our American political intelligence. However you decide to see it, I recommend giving this a shot just to see exactly what I’m talking about

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Travis Tucker

Born in Florida, dragged to California because of Internet dating. Comics have always helped me have a healthy escape when I was younger. As I got older my friends used me as their comic encyclopedia for random trivia. Now, I show my daughter all the stories and characters that helped me through, and being able to share my views on that through reviews is one of my favorite privileges.
Summary
This series is starting great if you ask me, but it's not for the faint of heart or people who refuse to think critically, one of those books that you have to just let go and ride the insanity. I'm very excited for what more of this means for readers, and I'd love to see more work from this writer. It's hard to get me to snort while laughing and this one did it for me. Pick up this issue if you need some more in your life.
Good
  • Laugh Out Load Funny
  • Ambitious Writing
  • Leaves You Excited For More
  • Great use of Motifs
  • Attention To Detail
Bad
  • Possibly too much for some
10
Perfect
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Born in Florida, dragged to California because of Internet dating. Comics have always helped me have a healthy escape when I was younger. As I got older my friends used me as their comic encyclopedia for random trivia. Now, I show my daughter all the stories and characters that helped me through, and being able to share my views on that through reviews is one of my favorite privileges.

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