Shirtless Bear-Fighter!

Shirtless Bear-Fighter!

"After being betrayed by the bears that raised him, the legendary SHIRTLESS BEAR-FIGHTER wanders the forest he's sworn to protect, fist-fighting bears, eating flapjacks and being the angriest man the world has ever known!When wild-eyed, super-strong bears attack the citizens of Major City, Shirtless ventures into the human world to do what he does best...PUNCH THOSE BEARS...

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Title:Shirtless Bear-Fighter!
Author:Jody LeHeup
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Shirtless Bear-Fighter! Reviews

  • Logan

    Absolutely loved this one! I remember seeing this in the previews thinking, "Oh my gosh, what is this?", but I tried it and I got say it....its so gooooooooooood! So the story has Shirtless(An orphan raised from birth in the forest by a pack of bears, which he was later exiled. Now Bears are attacking cities and the government needs Shirtless to save them! This is a book that is very self aware, but at the same time it just wants to make you laugh. Sure its not Shakespeare in terms of the writin

    Absolutely loved this one! I remember seeing this in the previews thinking, "Oh my gosh, what is this?", but I tried it and I got say it....its so gooooooooooood! So the story has Shirtless(An orphan raised from birth in the forest by a pack of bears, which he was later exiled. Now Bears are attacking cities and the government needs Shirtless to save them! This is a book that is very self aware, but at the same time it just wants to make you laugh. Sure its not Shakespeare in terms of the writing, but hey, you got to be a good writer to come up with a lot of the jokes in this! I myself pretty much had a permanent grin on my face while reading and rolled on the floor laughing quite a few times! It is something you probably have to switch your brain off a bit(I know people hate books and movies like that), but there's a lot of fun to be had with this one, which is why I fully recommend it!

  • Chris

    Packed with as many laughs as it is BEAR PUNCH!(es), Shirtless Bear-Fighter is the funniest Image comic i've read since the first volume of Rat Queens.

    When a rogue faction of forest bears begin attacking major cities across America, exaggerated male stereotype Shirtless leaves isolation to tackle the furry threat. Written by former comic editors Jody LeHup and Sebastian Girner, not everything in the story works (I could have done without the Hillbilly Warlock and a couple of story beats felt off

    Packed with as many laughs as it is BEAR PUNCH!(es), Shirtless Bear-Fighter is the funniest Image comic i've read since the first volume of Rat Queens.

    When a rogue faction of forest bears begin attacking major cities across America, exaggerated male stereotype Shirtless leaves isolation to tackle the furry threat. Written by former comic editors Jody LeHup and Sebastian Girner, not everything in the story works (I could have done without the Hillbilly Warlock and a couple of story beats felt off), but it's never less than enjoyable and the all-important jokes hit the mark. Nil Vendrell and Mike Spicer's artwork is also sharp. I could easily see this being brought to life as an animated series, but it still has a sketchy comic book appeal.

    The type of humour Shirtless Bear-Fighter offers certainly wont appeal to everyone, but if you're looking for some silly entertainment and ridiculous jokes then, like me, you'll have a blast with this one. Recommended.

  • Sam Quixote

    If you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big (pixelated) surprise…

    The bears have invaded. Hopped up on magic bacon, with the backing of Big Toilet, they’re an unstoppable force of furious furriness – not even the army is a match for them! Only one man is naked enough to take them down, if he’ll come out of retirement for one last job: Shirtless Bear-Fighter!

    This comic could’ve gone either way. It might’ve been way too crazy or not crazy enough but it turned to be juuuuust right! (Yup,

    If you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big (pixelated) surprise…

    The bears have invaded. Hopped up on magic bacon, with the backing of Big Toilet, they’re an unstoppable force of furious furriness – not even the army is a match for them! Only one man is naked enough to take them down, if he’ll come out of retirement for one last job: Shirtless Bear-Fighter!

    This comic could’ve gone either way. It might’ve been way too crazy or not crazy enough but it turned to be juuuuust right! (Yup, that was a Goldilocks and the Three Bears pun – I’ll try to keep the bear puns in this review to the BEAR minimum but – ahhh! See!? I can’t help myself!)

    Shirtless Bear-Fighter is a deliriously zany, over-the-top comedy about a naked mountain man who saves the world from bears. It’s utterly ridiculous but so very enjoyable as it’s crammed full of knowing action movie clichés and doesn’t even attempt to make sense most of the time. Its off-the-wall humour made me genuinely laugh many times too like the cop who’s always talking about his time in the military, either when he and Shirtless were in ‘Nam, WW2 or the Civil War, the bears’ message to Shirtless which was just a piece of paper with gibberish written on it, or the bear fighting montage where Shirtless takes on the Chicago Bears football team and a bunch of hairy gay dudes in San Francisco. And I love that his Kryptonite is clothes!

    Nil Vendrell’s art strikes the perfect balance for the tone – it’s cartoony enough for the comedy but not overly so as to undermine the jacked-up melodrama – and it was an inspired choice to pixel out Shirtless’ many gratuitous full frontal scenes rather than tastefully position him out of shot. You’ll never see a manlier baby than in this book!

    The story doesn’t totally hang comfortably together at times. I get that it’s a deliberately cheesy aspect of the plot but there were too many rushed flashbacks thrown at me which I found a bit much. Also a couple of characters – the Hillbilly Warlock and Silva, the female cop – were unnecessary additions with Silva’s origin flashback being especially pointless. Generally though writers Jody LeHeup and Sebastian Girner did a spectacular job crafting a highly entertaining and readable action comedy, particularly as they’re usually editing comics rather than writing them.

    You might need to be in a certain mood to enjoy this book but then I read it tired at the end of a long day and wary of its intentionally wacky jokes and it still won me over so maybe not! Shirtless Bear-Fighter is a great laugh, very colourful and imaginative, bursting with plenty of amusing details, and a ton of fun to read – easily the best new title Image have published this year!

  • karen

    note to self: buy this IMMEDIATELY!!

  • Shadowdenizen

    3.5 stars.

    Cute premise, and one that shockingly doesn't wear out its welcome by the end. ( Don't get me wrong, it's no "Watchmen", but it is some light fluffy entertaiment, and there's nothing wrong with that!)

  • Chad

    Shirtless Bear-Fighter is too sexy for this shirt...and pants for that matter too. In the vein of Grizzly Shark, this thing is so ridiculously over the top you can't help but laugh. It's one goofy, hairy heap of fun.

    Received an advance copy from Image in exchange for an honest review.

  • Μιχάλης

    Σας αρέσει το South Park; Γιατί σίγουρα αρέσει στους δημιουργούς του κόμικ.

    Παίρνοντας όλα τα κλισέ ταινιών δράσης του '80 και του '90 και των Shonen Manga, μας πετάνε σε έναν κόσμο όπου αρκούδες επιτήθενται σε μεγάλες πόλεις και μόνο ο Shirtless Bear Fighter μπορεί να τις σταματήσει.

    Αν σας αρέσουν τα άκυρα, καμμένα αστεία (πχ στο Chicago παλεύει ενάντια στην ομάδα ράγμπι Chicago Bears) θα περάσετε καλά. Αν όχι, και πάλι δε θα μείνετε παραπονεμένοι: είναι ένα καλογραμμένο, καλοσχεδιασμένο κόμικ ό

    Σας αρέσει το South Park; Γιατί σίγουρα αρέσει στους δημιουργούς του κόμικ.

    Παίρνοντας όλα τα κλισέ ταινιών δράσης του '80 και του '90 και των Shonen Manga, μας πετάνε σε έναν κόσμο όπου αρκούδες επιτήθενται σε μεγάλες πόλεις και μόνο ο Shirtless Bear Fighter μπορεί να τις σταματήσει.

    Αν σας αρέσουν τα άκυρα, καμμένα αστεία (πχ στο Chicago παλεύει ενάντια στην ομάδα ράγμπι Chicago Bears) θα περάσετε καλά. Αν όχι, και πάλι δε θα μείνετε παραπονεμένοι: είναι ένα καλογραμμένο, καλοσχεδιασμένο κόμικ όπου ξέρετε τι θα διαβάσετε εξαρχής, αλλά όπου ξέρει πώς να δουλέψει το gimmick του με τρόπο που να μην κουράσει μέχρι το τέλος.

  • GrilledCheeseSamurai

    Enter Shirtless Bear-Fighter! A warrior paid in flapjacks to help stop the Bearrorists.

    And it just keeps getting better and better and better...

    Also - there's magic bacon.

    That's all you really need to know. This comic is bananas and I laughed my ass off every single issue. Tons of poking fun at all the typical cheesy movies and...well...just don't take it seriously and you'll have a good time.

    I'm really hoping for a sequel. Good

    Enter Shirtless Bear-Fighter! A warrior paid in flapjacks to help stop the Bearrorists.

    And it just keeps getting better and better and better...

    Also - there's magic bacon.

    That's all you really need to know. This comic is bananas and I laughed my ass off every single issue. Tons of poking fun at all the typical cheesy movies and...well...just don't take it seriously and you'll have a good time.

    I'm really hoping for a sequel. Good god please let there be more.

  • L. McCoy

    Okay... I’m not entirely sure how to review this since it’s so ridiculous on purpose but I’ll give it a shot.

    What’s it about?

    When a bunch of bears start going crazy so the FBI tries to get SHIRTLESS BEAR FIGHTER to fight back and save the day!

    Pros:

    The story is surprisingly good and pretty interesting.

    The art is fantastic! Really fun, cartoony style that fits this book perfectly!

    There’s some great action scenes throughout! Lots of bears and blood!

    This book is suspenseful which surprised me a lot.

    Okay... I’m not entirely sure how to review this since it’s so ridiculous on purpose but I’ll give it a shot.

    What’s it about?

    When a bunch of bears start going crazy so the FBI tries to get SHIRTLESS BEAR FIGHTER to fight back and save the day!

    Pros:

    The story is surprisingly good and pretty interesting.

    The art is fantastic! Really fun, cartoony style that fits this book perfectly!

    There’s some great action scenes throughout! Lots of bears and blood!

    This book is suspenseful which surprised me a lot. Very unpredictable with lots of plot twists.

    There’s a lot of good humor. If you like puns and bats*** crazy stuff, you’re almost guaranteed to laugh!

    The ending’s a great one.

    Cons:

    The characters aren’t interesting and make a lot of stupid decisions.

    There’s some unexpected potty humor and honestly I’m not a fan of potty humor. Not that I think it’s gross or too vulgar (I’ll be honest I love a good NSFW joke or some dark humor... emphasis on the word good) but for some reason potty humor usually doesn’t make me laugh, it seems immature IMO and those jokes are kinda s***ty most of the time.

    I did not appreciate the fact that one of the villains was really angry at how ungrateful many Americans are to their military. It wouldn’t be as bad if it wasn’t focused on so much that I think it was possibly trying to be disrespectful to veterans (though I can’t be entirely sure).

    For a fair bit of this book Shirtless Bear Fighter has no pants for some reason. His privates are pixelated out so if you were worried about that, don’t worry, but it still felt a bit dumb and gratuitous. Maybe it was meant to be funny or something but... it wasn’t.

    Overall:

    This book is very entertaining but don’t expect anything too particularly amazing which I didn’t. The art and humor are great, I was pleasantly surprised by how unpredictable this book is. It is also at times a bit immature and has a lack of character... anything so yeah, I think it earns...

    3/5

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