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REVIEW: Murder Hobos: Chaotic Neutral #1


REVIEW: Murder Hobos: Chaotic Neutral #1

Book Title: Murder Hobos: Chaotic Neutral #1

Book Description: Murder Hobos: Chaotic Neutral #1 is a compilation of four short stories. Each story is about seven pages long and covers a wide spectrum of topics. We have a story where the town Baron has taken control of the citizens by getting them hooked on pixie dust. In another story we see what happens when a succubus has children.

Book Author: Jarrett Melendez and Joseph Schmalke

Book Format: Paperback

Publisher - Orgnization: Scout Comics

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Illustrator: Ryan G. Browne, Steve Lavigne, and Steve Mardo

  • Story
  • Interior Art
  • Cover Art
  • Dialogue
  • Mechanics
  • Editing


Murder Hobo: Chaotic Neutral wasn’t on my radar until I came across it at Neil Adam’s Crusty Bunker in Burbank. The title reminded me of my friend, True Neutral, so I decided to give it a whirl. Two of the stories have an interesting premise and the book has some good one liners that will give the reader a chuckle. 

Overall, I found the book to be disappointing. It felt like a “South Park” or “Jackass” script for a postmodern Dungeons and Dragons campaign. It wasn’t about the story as much as it was about trying to see what could get past the censors. 

The old man on the cover reminded me of Jafar disguised as an old man at the beginning of “Aladdin”. There’s enough uniqueness with the characters featured to garner attention. That’s what a cover should do.

The artwork on the interior pages was a bit cartoonish in places. With animophosized insects it works. In the other stories it felt out of place. 

As a geek on a budget I’d say if you come across “Murder Hobo: Chaotic Neutral” in the ding and dent section or in a buck box it worth it. There are some laughs to be had. At full cover price the rest of this series will be a hard pass for me.

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I grew up loving all things geek. I started reading and collecting comics when I was 8. My personal collection has roughly 8,000 books in it. When I’m not doing something geek-related I love spending time with my amazing wife and kids, gaming, and working on cross stitch projects.

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