It may seem odd to say that a line from Forgetting Sarah Marshall partially sums up BOOM! Studio’s sixth issue of Valen the Outcast, but it does. The line (delivered by the awkward virgin on his honeymoon for those of you in the know) is, “When they mix the sexuality and the violence, I like it”. By the second page of “Valen” #6, you’ll understand what I mean. If you remember the cliffhanger ending of issue #5, Valen, Zjanna and Cordavan were fleeing from a “skulk.” If you’re like me and you didn’t know what a skulk is, I will edify you: skulk – n. a group of foxes. Kind of like a gaggle of geese, except in Valen’s case the foxes are scantily clad, highly tattooed, smokin’ hot, ninja assassins!
Have you ever heard of the Medieval punishment of quartering (see here)? Basically a poor unfortunate soul (Valen in this case – oh wait he doesn’t have a soul, snap!) is torn into 4 quarters by horses (in this case foxes) running in opposite directions. Yup, the foxes do some work on Valen, plan to flay Zjanna alive and use Cordovan for breeding purposes.
If you aren’t at least a little awed by this turn of events, and have built up some burning anger towards the foxes (and maybe other confusing emotions??) then you should probably go buy the comic to figure out how the gang gets out of this sticky situation. I promise it involves a cat fight which takes up a few pages of action-packed fighting featuring the awesome artwork of Matteo Scalera (I freakin’ love this guy!), a new addition to the ragamuffin team and another cliff hanger ending which reintroduces Tyroll, who, if you don’t know his name, you will remember as Korrus Null’s mysterious, adolescent killing-machine who made his appearance at the very end of issue #1.
– Reviewed by TheSandMan