Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse Omnibus- Ben Templsmith

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Publish Date: 29 March 2016 by IDW Publishing
Pages: 394
Format Read: Physical copy

Wormwood is an intergalactic, inter-dimensional, immortal, happy-go-lucky larval worm-thing with a liking for fine stout, strippers, and most of the other vices planet Earth has on offer. Oh yeah, and he wears corpses like suits.
Follow along as Wormwood, his robotic drinking companion Mr. Pendulum, and his new hire Phoebe take on demonic beings nesting in humans, nasty leprechauns, and face the revenge of the Brotherhood of the Calamari. Collects issues #0 8, the One-Shot, Calamari Rising #1 4, and Last Call.”

This is going to be one of those reviews where my mind is going to be al over the place. I want to talk about how awesome a book is, but I never take notes or write shit down, so what you get to read is exactly as I type it out on the fly… Forgive me…

I saw Milou reading this and thought I would look into it myself. When I asked her if it was any good she looked at me with this perplexed expression on her face, “yeaaah its uuum good, its just very weird, very very weird”, she said. I took it upon myself to pick it up and see for myself as I like my weirdness most of the time…

Wormwood is one of those comics where the creator knew what he liked and just went with it all. The premise is so absurd, yet its kind of refreshing, for me at least. You have a worm that can wear people’s corpses as suits, he likes his pint on any occasion and it comes off as if he has seen a lot throughout his existence. It all came together quite nicely for me. Referances to Alien, StarWars, to name but a few were also sneakily sneaked into some of these stories. No harm done there. I appreciated the artist’s re-imaginings of them.

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Wormwood keeps very weird company, yet each individual comes with his or her own set of quirks. I think my favorite might have been Mr. Pendulum, Wormwood built him himself and forgot to give him “bits”, this opened up a lot of scenarios where Mr. P could let every one know that he didn’t have, you know, “bits”. It wasn’t all dick jokes though, Mr. P can dish out some heavy damage when people threaten his friends.


I wonder why my wife calls me big Dave…

As weird as the art and coloring schemes were, I found it fit swell with the specific setting I was visiting. Its dirty, its otherworldly, the have a strip club run by women that are also part inter-dimensional gate keepers. I love it, not because of the strippers, its just, so absurd, you know? Also, the speech bubble colour schemes were interesting as each person had his/her own assigned colour.
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At times though, it could get a bit difficult to read the red of Wormwood himself. As some of the pages shared colour that seemed to blend in with some of the words. Also red on black did not make it easy for me, add in the glossy pages and you could easily start having problems…

All in all I had a lot of fun with Wormwood. So much so that I would be interested in seeing what else Templesmith cooked up. I gave this a 4 out of 5 on GR and it comes recommended to those that like their main characters British accented, can forgive a person his flaws as well as those that can relate to the fact that there is seemingly nothing beter than hanging out with people, having a pint and a smoke in the case of those that do. My GR review read; “This won’t be every one’s cuppa tea, but it was most definitely mine”. Have you heard/ read Wormwood yet? What do you think?

Top ‘o the morning to ya chaps!

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