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Duke Nukem: Glorious Bastard #1 – Advanced Review
Published on Sunday, June 26, 2011 by

Written by: Tom Waltz
Art by: Xermanico
Colored by: Luis Antonio Delgado and Studio C10
Lettered by: Chris Mowry
Cover Art: A- John K. Synder III; B- Xermanico w/ Luis Delgado; C- Game concept artwork from 2k Games
Editor: Chris Ryall

The Pryde was able to get an advanced look at the upcoming comic.

I will admit up front that I have never played a Duke Nukem game. I did play one for my old Playstation for about 15 minutes but I don’t think that counts. That being said, I do know about the character. Who doesn’t know about Duke Nukem? So the question going into a comic book based on the property would be “did IDW get it right”?

And with a character like Duke, you have to nail it just right or else there’s no point in doing it.

And Tom Waltz nailed it.

At first glance it may seem that Duke Nukem would be an easy character to right. But he’s almost too easy. It’s too easy to fall into the “over the top” trap. Duke is, without a doubt, an “over the top” character. But there comes a point where it becomes too much. This first issue approaches that point but never reaches it.

Which allows it to work.

Waltz does a good job capturing Duke’s personality. I’m sure there will be some fans of the property that will say he doesn’t, but that always happens no matter the property or how diehard the fan base. To myself, and the majority of the people that would read this comic, the personality and actions we’d expect from Duke Nukem are all there.

The title, if you really think about it, should give some hints about what the plot behind this story. I’m not sure how much it’s tied into the latest game, or any games, if at all but after reading the first issue it just feels like a Duke Nukem adventure. I didn’t go into this story expecting much of a plot. I expected alot of shooting and over the top situations and I was pleasantly surprised that there was even a plot in the story. And it’s not buried too deeply. At first you’ll start looking too deep into the potential paradox, start to get a headache, and just say forget it and enjoy watching Duke do what he does best. And wondering how long it’ll take before he bags the babe.

Xermanico’s art is good. He’s got a decent grasp of storytelling, the panels and action flowing smoothly. His figures are well proportioned. His women, and there are alot of them, are beautiful but not overly mis-proportioned. You might expect to see some dolly-parton-esque women in this comic, but thankfully Xermanico doesn’t go full out cheesecake. The potential was there, but he kept it to a minimum.

Duke Nukem: Glorious Bastard #1 receives
4 out of 5

A fun ride that captures the spirt of the character without going overboard. It’s good to be the king.

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