If you've ever read God Hates Astronauts --- and you should, because it's fantastic --- then you already know that Ryan Browne is very, very good at telling stories about genuinely terrible people with fantastic super-powers. And if you've read anything by Charles Soule, well, you probably also know that he's good at high concept stories that add a little bit of weirdness to the normal world. And with that being the case, Curse Words seems like two great tastes that taste great together.

Set to be released in January from Image, Soule, Browne, and Jordan Boyd's Curse Words tells the story of a wizard who comes to our dimension with promises of helping us solve all of our problems through the judicious application of his phenomenal magic powers. Unfortunately, he left out the fact that he's got a lot of secrets that are about to catch up with him... and with the rest of the world, too.

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Here's the official word from Image's press release:

 

In the series, a wizard appears one day in New York City, claiming he's here to protect the planet from dark magical forces bent on its destruction. The world falls in love with Wizord and his slick sorcerous ways - after all, we've never had a wizard before. Everything's great! But it's not. Wizord is actually fleeing an extremely dark past, and it's only a matter of time before that evil comes calling. CURSE WORDS is a gonzo modern fantasy, full of shadows, light… and magic.

"Ryan Browne and I wanted to create a series where literally anything could happen, and giving the story a magical framework lets us do that,” said Soule. “Curse Words constantly surprises me with what happens next, and I'm writing the thing. Ultimately, it's the story of a man trying to be good in a world that wants him to be bad—but it's also got a talking koala. That's Curse Words. Deep, wrenching, relatable character beats mixed with some of the most wonderful, strangest things you've ever seen in a comic. Even better, it's all drawn by the Incredible Ryan Browne—so you know it's pretty."

Browne added: "Thank goodness for Charles' words. I would buy Him writing the phone book. I draw. But His words! So good."

CURSE WORDS is Lord of the Rings meets Breaking Bad. A color-saturated, anything-goes dark fantasy romp about the coolest, most charming evil wizard you've ever met in your life. It is, in a word, magical.