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Barfly #1 (of 4)

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Universal acclaim

Based on 5 critic ratings.

Spinning out of the world of the hit Minor Threats superhero series by Patton Oswalt, Jordan Blum, and Scott Hepburn comes a new tale of costumed underdogs—featuring a low-level henchman without a leader to serve.

The Lower Lair bar is home to all sorts of supervillains, lowlifes, and scumbags… but only one of them has to puke digestive fluids onto his food to eat.

$#!%eater, the humanoid mutant fly is a loser, a lifelong minion who lives to serve his criminal master. But what happens to a henchman when he no longer has anyone left to hench for?

Comic book legends Kyle Starks (Where Monsters Lie) and Ryan Browne (Eight Billion Genies) present the heartwarming, feel good, coming-of-age story about an insect monster-man searching for his identity amongst the criminal underworld of Twilight City. A grimy punk rock odyssey that answers the question “How much $#!% can one lackey eat before he says NO MORE?!”

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
26 pages
Amazon ASIN

5 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    A lab-grown fly, stripped of his wings, vows to better himself while navigating the sticky social web of users, abusers, and double-dealing friends in From The World Of Minor Threats: Barfly #1.

  • 100

    Most of the Minor Threats franchise is good, but this debut issue of Barfly is amongst the very best things Oswalt and Blum have done under the title. An absolute page-turner with a lead character it’s impossible not to love. Partnered with some home run character designs and a plot that perfectly toes the line between humor and heartbreak, Barfly #1 is easily one of the greatest single issues of any comic I’ve read this year. Go get yourself a copy and bask in its glory.

  • 100

    Capes & Tights

    Barfly #1 is a delightful addition the world of Minor Threats. With its outstanding writing, stunning visuals and memorable characters this comic is a true work of art. If the next three issues are anything like the premiere issue, we are in for one hell of a ride and is in serious contention for our comic book of the year!

  • 95

    Nerd Initiative

    Barfly is about a sweet beer chugging fly man, who believes in anarchy and friendship. While he gets kicked around (literally and metaphorically) a lot, he’s still got some sweet moves, and even sweeter friends. I can’t wait to see if he will revisit his past, continue on his day to day grind, or find a life worth living.

    Whether you’ve dipped your toes into the Minor Threats universe or not, Barfly should be added to your pull list. It’s looking to be a fantastic stand alone story. However, if you enjoy Barfly and need more, check out the other comics in this world: Minor Threats, A Quick End to a Long Beginning; The Alternates; and Minor Threats, The Fastest Way Down.

  • 90


    The real star of the book is Nate Piekos, whose lettering gives Barfly #1 a unique visual language. As you might have guessed, Shiteater can’t really talk due to being a giant fly, so Piekos has most of his actions do the talking for him. When he leaps from wall to wall during a height, the words “Jackie Chan!” follow him, punctuated for emphasis. When an alarm goes off on his cell phone, there’s bright red letters saying “You Blew It!” It’s those little touches that make Minor Threats: Barfly #1 worth reading – and serve as an example of why this world is worth checking out for old readers and new.

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