Billy the Pyro #1

6 Overall Score
Art: 7/10
Dialogue: 6/10
Story: 5/10

Feels like a Marvel Mutants Book

Doesn’t read like anything unique from a Marvel Mutants book.


Billy the Pyro #1
Written by: Brad Burdick
Art by: Fabian Cobos
Published by: Alterna Comics


Billy the Pyro reminds me of an Ultimate Marvel book for the mutant Pyro. Billy is an adolescent male, which means you probably want to kick him in the nuts every time he opens him mouth. He’s got rough edges, comes from a broken home starring the alcoholic dad who owes money all over town, and his life is pretty dower. Apparently Billy really likes fire (thus the pyro title) and after a bad turn of events in a dark alley, he manifests fire powers without using his trusty lighter.

This read like an intro comic for an X-man, and that isn’t a bad thing. This kid has powers, and by the end its obvious he didn’t know he had them, and certainly doesn’t know how to control them. He needs an Xavier School for the gifted to get a hold of this, and he was approached by a “recruiter”. So, we are on our way to going on this fire filled journey with Billy.

The writing by Brad Burdick captures the annoying traits of a troubled young man. Snotty language, coarse actions, and willful. Everything a parent of a teen despises, so Burdick really captures the spirit of the character and makes him believable. From this side of the page, I wasn’t Billy’s biggest fan. Sure he has hard case luck, however, his demeanor of being a dick to everyone really prevents me from cheering for a happy resolution for Billy. And when he is finally approached by someone who is willing to help him, I was almost upset that he would have finally have something positive in his life. I’m hoping the “heroes’ journey” here is Billy grows up a bit and is more tolerable to read since right now, there isn’t much about Billy to root for.

My other concern with the book is that it felt like a rerun. Sure, there’s only so many ways to ski the cat on a tale like this, but I really didn’t read anything new here, and don’t really forecast anything new either. We’ll see a safe faction try and get Billy on their side to be responsible with his powers, and an evil side who wants to dissect him, or use him for covert operations. Between this niominal originality and Billy’s attitude, I just don’t care.

Brad Burdick does a good job of illustrating the various scenes. The facial acting coupled with the camera angles illustrated the tenseness of Billy’s awkward interactions, and certainly contributed to my distaste for him. There are several good panels here that help the story and frankly surprised me for a book from a smaller publisher.

Not a bad start, but I hope more original elements to the story surface soon to help this book distinguish itself from a Marvel Mutant title.




Author: Peter Schmeiser View all posts by
Peter fancies himself a comic book critic since he is one of the last comic book readers in southwest Florida. When he isn't reading and writing reviews for movies, TV and comic books, he’s binge-watching shows, marathoning movies, podcasting, and performing classical music.

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