Review: BDR #1

I don’t know what BDR stands for and frankly I don’t care. I do know that it’s a strange gathering of one to four page stories all set within the same world. It’s weird and contains no real narrative to speak of, but I enjoyed each and every single page. Sometimes, you need a comic or story that stretches your mind to its limit of understand and then releases it snapping you back in the forehead. I’ll tell you right now the average superhero, beefcake, cheese cake loving comic reader are not going to get this book in the least bit and that’s their loss. Fuck, I don’t even know if I’ve fully processed it and I’m reviewing it. Now several of the stories are just one page, but a bulk of the tales are three to four pages. The first real story introduces a man buying a bulldog belt buckle after thinking of a dog catching a Frisbee and peeing on a fire hydrant. The next few pages follow the same character Poco Rojo… he’s a chicken with a Zorro mask on. He watches as a Phoenix lights itself on fire and Poco Rojo jumps in and comes out with the mask on. The next segment finds Poco Rojo (who only speaks chicken) in a hen-house picking a fight with a rooster. He ends up killing the other rooster in a very intense scene as the panel zooms in on his eye before he goes in for the kill. Unfortunately the farmer doesn’t take to kindly to this and makes Poco Rojo dinner… except that he jumps out of his own carcass at the end.

bdr_largeAfter that we find our belt buckle buying guy chasing a car with a human size cat inside of it. He’s following behind a group of dogs and is wearing a dog mask and a shirt with a cat crossed out. This leads to a bar brawl. I’m not shitting you, a bar brawl. It’s brutal and violent and Poco Rojo is involved, but he’s beating up his own set of dudes. The last page is amazing so I won’t ruin it for you, but it’s worth reading the rest.

As I said, it’s crazy and there isn’t a narrative to follow and telling a story really isn’t even the point of the comic. It’s just a strange world and random ideas, but the execution is worth the read. Seeing what will and can happen at the drop of a hat is interesting and fun.

The violence is actually really well drawn, easy to follow and there’s plenty of it. The panel with Poco Rojo staring down at his enemy deciding if he’s going to kill the other rooster or not is just nuts as it suddenly doesn’t feel as if you should be laughing. It makes you uncomfortable at times and that’s partially why I liked it.

You may wonder why I’m even talking about this title and I have to say it’s because it surprised me. I didn’t think anyone took chances on comics like this anymore and it reminded me of my many random purchases before the days of the infinite resources of the internet. I can’t tell you how many random issues I have, but I’d be happy to add this one to the collection. Check it out if you’re feeling bold, but don’t expect anything other than entertainment.

Score: 3/5

Writer/Artist/Creator: Timothy O’Briant Cover: Monsta Self-published Price: $5.00 Buy it here!