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by Doug Warren on August 23, 2017

Written by Jody Leheup and Sebastian Girner
Art by Nil Vendrell
Colors by Mike Spicer
Published by Image Comics

I absolutely love this comic, and I’m blown away by the concept and ridiculously happy that it has made it into print. True, I might be an anomaly. I am, after all, the guy who’s made it his life mission to get a selfie with a stuffed bear in all 50 states plus DC in the US and all 13 provinces and territories in Canada (knocked out 12 in just the past year), but I think this is the greatest thing to happen to comic books since someone decided it might be a neat idea to make a super hero wear a cape.

Superfluous adulations aside, I wouldn’t be saying all of this if the content didn’t hold up, and it absolutely does. The absurdity of the title is held up throughout the story, and if you are as tired as I am of all of those pretentious comic books that think they are too good for some old fashion toilet humor, then you can take solace in Shirtless Bear-Fighter, the one comic that will take a stand when other books are too afraid to, and give the readers what they actually want! (And, of course, this is assuming that all readers want a story full of bears and gratuitous toilet humor, but that’s a safe assumption.)

Then, out of nowhere, there’s a touching back-story. What? Are you serious? Can this comic get any better! If Alfred Nobel could’ve envisioned this comic, surely he would’ve bypassed setting up prizes for things as frivolous as peace and chemistry, and left the entire endowment for bear comics, in hopes that this comic would one day be created.

If you can’t tell, I haven’t been this excited about a comic book in a long time. It is well worth the read. 

Oh yeah, the quality of the artwork is beyond all expectations. But, of course it is. When you put out an ad saying you need someone to draw hundreds of bears, you get the absolute cream of the crop to choose from. I wouldn’t be surprised if every artist in the country was fighting to draw for this comic, and they chose the best! The over exaggerated, anime inspired expressions and bright colors give Shirtless Bear-Fighter the perfect look and personality to compliment the writing.

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