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.
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.
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