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The madcap action-horror story of the world's toughest former pro-basketball player returning home with his daughter to learn about his destiny and his mother's mysterious past, while—right next door— Dracula and his goons are on the eve of their bloodiest holiday. The madcap action-horror story of the world's toughest former pro-basketball player returning home with his daughter to learn about his destiny and his mother's mysterious past, while—right next door— Dracula and his goons are on the eve of their bloodiest holiday.


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The madcap action-horror story of the world's toughest former pro-basketball player returning home with his daughter to learn about his destiny and his mother's mysterious past, while—right next door— Dracula and his goons are on the eve of their bloodiest holiday. The madcap action-horror story of the world's toughest former pro-basketball player returning home with his daughter to learn about his destiny and his mother's mysterious past, while—right next door— Dracula and his goons are on the eve of their bloodiest holiday.

30 review for Old Head

  1. 5 out of 5

    Artemy

    Kyle Starks, delightful as always. Kyle Starks, delightful as always.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Peterhans

    Nash Gliven, aka Old Head, is a retired basketballer, in his early fifties. His mother has died, and he and his daughter, Willie, are going to her house. There's a strange castle close to grandma's home, and it turns out there are scary people inside of it. It also turns grandma and grandpa used to hunt scary people, aka vampires. Now it's Nash and Willie's turn, and luckily Nash has been teaching Willie a thing or two. I just had a lot of fun reading this. It's like a children's comic for adults. I Nash Gliven, aka Old Head, is a retired basketballer, in his early fifties. His mother has died, and he and his daughter, Willie, are going to her house. There's a strange castle close to grandma's home, and it turns out there are scary people inside of it. It also turns grandma and grandpa used to hunt scary people, aka vampires. Now it's Nash and Willie's turn, and luckily Nash has been teaching Willie a thing or two. I just had a lot of fun reading this. It's like a children's comic for adults. I'm a fan of Starks' art. (Picked up an ARC through Edelweiss)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    Everything about this was terrible. Poor story, poor art, even poor math. (Given Stark's math the main character would have been around 28 when he played college basketball. He starts playing basketball as a kid in 1951 and plays in college in 1968.) This is a dumb story about an old basketball player who loved to get into fights. He fights Dracula's head and some kind of henchmen who change into dickhead dinosaur monsters. It's awful. Received a review copy from Image and Edelweiss. Everything about this was terrible. Poor story, poor art, even poor math. (Given Stark's math the main character would have been around 28 when he played college basketball. He starts playing basketball as a kid in 1951 and plays in college in 1968.) This is a dumb story about an old basketball player who loved to get into fights. He fights Dracula's head and some kind of henchmen who change into dickhead dinosaur monsters. It's awful. Received a review copy from Image and Edelweiss.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    Kyle Starks is a writer-artist who's very good at one thing – cartoonish ultraviolence, complete with one-liners that are right on the edge of being absolute nonsense. But a) if you're going to have one trick, that's a good one and b) he keeps it fresh by coming up with new contexts, and never quite the ones you expect. OK, Sexcastle's eighties action heroes weren't a million miles from Expendables territory, but the hobo epic of Rock Candy Mountain was hardly exhausted ground, and this time the Kyle Starks is a writer-artist who's very good at one thing – cartoonish ultraviolence, complete with one-liners that are right on the edge of being absolute nonsense. But a) if you're going to have one trick, that's a good one and b) he keeps it fresh by coming up with new contexts, and never quite the ones you expect. OK, Sexcastle's eighties action heroes weren't a million miles from Expendables territory, but the hobo epic of Rock Candy Mountain was hardly exhausted ground, and this time the set-up is a veteran basketball player, notoriously rough Nash Gliven Jr, AKA 'The Knife', dealing with the estate of his late mother. Because this is Kyle Starks, she was of course the sort of grandma who'd teach a 12-year-old girl the song "If someone tries to show you their dick, don't even think, just kick that shit". Despite her having lived in Tennessee, there's a castle on the hill, whose inhabitants are buying her old place, and when Nash goes up the hill to finalise the deal, he meets them – a hilariously ghastly bunch of Dracula-idolising pick-up artists called Maverick, T-Dawg, Sex Chomp, Playboy and Lil' Menopause - "because once I'm with a woman, she's never the same again". Their ghastly synonyms for sex – "gland to gland combat" – would already be enough to make this worth reading (albeit not any time when you were imminently planning activities of that sort yourself), but inevitably things get considerably more out of hand, Soon Glivens has just cause to say "This is the most messed up shit I've ever seen, and I was a professional athlete in the seventies and eighties", and it's time for the Glivens clan to kick some eminently deserving ass. It's all good brutal fun, but I think my favourite bits were the ingeniously nasty Home Alone trap, and the sound effect "SPLORT". (Edelweiss ARC)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    I had no idea that I needed a graphic novel that is basically Space Jam crossed with Dracula, but now I can’t imagine wanting to live in a world without it. The mix of subjects here is well and truly bizarre, but in Starks hands it works magnificently. It’s completely weird in the best possible way. Old Head is clever, hilarious, and hits all the right notes. Sports and vampires are two of my favorite things to read about, but it never occurred to me that they would ever end up in one volume tog I had no idea that I needed a graphic novel that is basically Space Jam crossed with Dracula, but now I can’t imagine wanting to live in a world without it. The mix of subjects here is well and truly bizarre, but in Starks hands it works magnificently. It’s completely weird in the best possible way. Old Head is clever, hilarious, and hits all the right notes. Sports and vampires are two of my favorite things to read about, but it never occurred to me that they would ever end up in one volume together. What a wonderfully creative and fun graphic novel. Just when you think nothing is new anymore, along comes this gem. *I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Hill

    This was a perfect comic for a Saturday afternoon read. It had so many things I love: great cartooning, basketball, the supernatural, violence, and a great sense of humor. I felt like the setup was so great but the last third of the book felt rushed to a conclusion. It was so good I could have easily read more.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jake

    I am a sucker for camp. Despite some problematic depictions of African Americans that're played for jokes and people expositing too much, it was fun to see the action going. Seeing a basketball player make the most out of his time with his daughter is certainly a good enough time. I am a sucker for camp. Despite some problematic depictions of African Americans that're played for jokes and people expositing too much, it was fun to see the action going. Seeing a basketball player make the most out of his time with his daughter is certainly a good enough time.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    A rough and ready feel to the visuals only helps this book swing from being about a violent ex-basketball player who's washed up and taking his daughter to his dead mother's house for the last time before it's sold, to, er, something else completely different. Although the violence is definitely carried forward. Some will say this has everything – gender politics, humongous flashbacks, chase sequences, married couples whose names are anagrams – but throwing everything on to the page doesn't alwa A rough and ready feel to the visuals only helps this book swing from being about a violent ex-basketball player who's washed up and taking his daughter to his dead mother's house for the last time before it's sold, to, er, something else completely different. Although the violence is definitely carried forward. Some will say this has everything – gender politics, humongous flashbacks, chase sequences, married couples whose names are anagrams – but throwing everything on to the page doesn't always make them that attractive, and sometimes a touch more coherence was called for. Still, in a "From Dusk Till Dawn" kind of way, this lowbrow rug-from-under-the-audience-pulling exercise isn't too bad at all, and by the end there should be a big smile on every reader's face. For that, this just about deserves four stars.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Pinchback

    Kyle Starks is one of my favorite comic creators. He's managed to make the transition from someone whose works are genuinely funny to someone whose works are genuinely funny AND have tremendous heart underneath. That's not an easy task. I'm a big softie now that I'm old and have a kid, but I really appreciate someone who can bring the feels while making me laugh. God bless you, Kyle Starks. Kyle Starks is one of my favorite comic creators. He's managed to make the transition from someone whose works are genuinely funny to someone whose works are genuinely funny AND have tremendous heart underneath. That's not an easy task. I'm a big softie now that I'm old and have a kid, but I really appreciate someone who can bring the feels while making me laugh. God bless you, Kyle Starks.

  10. 4 out of 5

    David Wolkin

    Kyle Starks is a gift to comicskind and humankind, and Old Head is simply the latest proof of this incontrovertible fact.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Vlasaty

    I am all the way in for literally anything Kyle Starks does. He is by far my favorite comic book writer/artist. His books are always great and funny and I love his art and the way he can perfectly blend horror and comedy (old head) or action and comedy (sexcastle/kill them all/assassination nation/etc) or straight-up murder and comedy (sexcastle/kill them all/assassination nation/etc). I've probably read Sexcastle (which I first read while at the hospital for the like 20-something hours my wife I am all the way in for literally anything Kyle Starks does. He is by far my favorite comic book writer/artist. His books are always great and funny and I love his art and the way he can perfectly blend horror and comedy (old head) or action and comedy (sexcastle/kill them all/assassination nation/etc) or straight-up murder and comedy (sexcastle/kill them all/assassination nation/etc). I've probably read Sexcastle (which I first read while at the hospital for the like 20-something hours my wife was in labor with our kiddo) like a dozen times and it's always the best thing ever. I wish I still reviewed comics for Comic Bastards (RIP) so I'd have a bigger/better platform to scream in all of your faces about how great and perfect and hilarious Kyle Stark and his books are. If you like comics and don't hate yourself you should definitely read everything Kyle Starks puts out.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    Full review on No Flying No Tights: https://www.noflyingnotights.com/blog... Full review on No Flying No Tights: https://www.noflyingnotights.com/blog...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dakota

    Kyle Starks is possibly the funniest guy writing comics right now. This was very fun to read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Josh Wright

    Weird. Fun. Kyle Starks doing his thing.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sean Dolan

    Classic Starks energy with great action, style, and writing. Definitely glad I backed this so I could have it in my library.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas Doyle

    This is a perfect book to read on your birthday!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Emmy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A bit conflicted on this one. First of all, the story concept was sooo good. A former basketball player has to fight Dracula. Count me in (pun unintended). But, the execution was a little rougher. First of all, I LOVED Nash Glivens. Great character. And I really liked his daughter, Wilhelmina (the Dracula reference was not lost on me). But, the rest of the book was so weird. Vampire heads, "sex beasts," and the fact that one of Count's henchmen is literally called "Lil' Menopause"? Um..yeah? I re A bit conflicted on this one. First of all, the story concept was sooo good. A former basketball player has to fight Dracula. Count me in (pun unintended). But, the execution was a little rougher. First of all, I LOVED Nash Glivens. Great character. And I really liked his daughter, Wilhelmina (the Dracula reference was not lost on me). But, the rest of the book was so weird. Vampire heads, "sex beasts," and the fact that one of Count's henchmen is literally called "Lil' Menopause"? Um..yeah? I really enjoyed reading it, but the sexual references left me feeling cold and slightly uncomfortable (probably how Van Helsing felt in the end). It just felt like we could have told the same story without all of that. There were some legitimately funny bits and it didn't have to be presented in such a dirty way. So, I'm going to give this one a four out of five, because even though it was a bit much, it was pretty entertaining.

  19. 4 out of 5

    April Gray

    Well, that was weird. The art has the look and feel of something geared toward kids, and this would almost be appropriate for a younger crowd, except for the language and the wtf-inducing sex jokes. Seriously, wtf was up with that? Granted, it was kinda funny in a cringey way for a second, but the whole thing was pointless- it added nothing to the story, it seemed so out of place and forced, and wasn't funny enough to be worth it. Maybe it's just me, but a group of guys watching internet porn to Well, that was weird. The art has the look and feel of something geared toward kids, and this would almost be appropriate for a younger crowd, except for the language and the wtf-inducing sex jokes. Seriously, wtf was up with that? Granted, it was kinda funny in a cringey way for a second, but the whole thing was pointless- it added nothing to the story, it seemed so out of place and forced, and wasn't funny enough to be worth it. Maybe it's just me, but a group of guys watching internet porn together the first time we see them is icky. Other than Dracula's creepy in a bad way goon squad, this was a fun and funny story of an ex-pro basketball player, Nash, and his daughter, Willie, who go to his mother's house on the day of her funeral. The neighbor living in a castle on a nearby hill is buying her house, and he has to sign the papers. This starts a big mess of vampire and other monster related shenanigans, and along the way Nash learns his mother had some big secrets. I did enjoy this book, even if the goon squad left a bad taste in my brain, and I would recommend it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Peter Derk

    Not one that’s gonna blow your balls off, but it’s probably hard to do that with a vampire story at this point, right? Still, pretty fun, and it follows the basic rule of setting up a character and then the character does in-character things that contribute to the ending. I know that sounds like a low bar, but I’ve been watching some terrible movies lately, so even basic storytelling is pretty life-affirming at this point. How COULD you blow someone’s balls off with a vampire story? I’m not tota Not one that’s gonna blow your balls off, but it’s probably hard to do that with a vampire story at this point, right? Still, pretty fun, and it follows the basic rule of setting up a character and then the character does in-character things that contribute to the ending. I know that sounds like a low bar, but I’ve been watching some terrible movies lately, so even basic storytelling is pretty life-affirming at this point. How COULD you blow someone’s balls off with a vampire story? I’m not totally sure. Maybe the vampire would have to…basically be in a Franzen novel but also be a vampire? Show up in the middle of a Nicolas Sparks book unexpectedly? I don’t know if there’s much unexplored territory outside of the idea of doing something mundane but with vampires instead. Vampire Golden Girls?

  21. 5 out of 5

    Brandon

    This was a ton of fun. A nice mix of monster-hunting, basketball, and good old fashioned beat-downs. It's more of a comedy than a horror book, despite all the supernatural monsters and Dracula stuff. It's full of jokes, it's quick-paced, and you can tell parts of where the story is going but because it uses the set-up to throw some random jokes and off-the-wall story beats it's still full of surprises. I love Kyle Starks' artwork, it also doesn't take itself too seriously with lots of goofy face This was a ton of fun. A nice mix of monster-hunting, basketball, and good old fashioned beat-downs. It's more of a comedy than a horror book, despite all the supernatural monsters and Dracula stuff. It's full of jokes, it's quick-paced, and you can tell parts of where the story is going but because it uses the set-up to throw some random jokes and off-the-wall story beats it's still full of surprises. I love Kyle Starks' artwork, it also doesn't take itself too seriously with lots of goofy faces, but the amount of jokes - specifically the physical jokes with the characters' facial expressions and how they move - crammed into this OGN makes it a blast to read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tyson

    I love pretty much all of Starksy's works. Enough to give him that familiar nickname as if we were friends. I read this one digital, but I'm going to have to pick up the paper copy. I feel like I sped through some of the intricacies. Anyway this is a book about a basketball player who fights Dracula's minions. RIYL comedy-horror, basketball, cussin' I love pretty much all of Starksy's works. Enough to give him that familiar nickname as if we were friends. I read this one digital, but I'm going to have to pick up the paper copy. I feel like I sped through some of the intricacies. Anyway this is a book about a basketball player who fights Dracula's minions. RIYL comedy-horror, basketball, cussin'

  23. 5 out of 5

    Scott Kelly

    I liked the idea behind this story, but I feel like it was confused what it wanted to be. Is it a cute monster story for kids or is it their own take of Saun of the Dead? It is definitely NOT appropriate for my students. I felt like they forced it a bit too much to get a " Mature" rating. I liked the idea behind this story, but I feel like it was confused what it wanted to be. Is it a cute monster story for kids or is it their own take of Saun of the Dead? It is definitely NOT appropriate for my students. I felt like they forced it a bit too much to get a " Mature" rating.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    This was an absolute delight! I’ve read everything Starks has done, besides Rick and Morty, and he just keeps getting better. Old Head is a ton of fun, nothing too heavy but still with heart.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bryan

    This was about five times funnier than I expected and a million times more poignant.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    I'm not a basketball/sports fan, but I do love me some Kyle Starks. Old Head is a classic Starks comic with off colour humour and loads of violence. I'm not a basketball/sports fan, but I do love me some Kyle Starks. Old Head is a classic Starks comic with off colour humour and loads of violence.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ben

    A great mix of hilarious and weird, with great writing and an appealing art style.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Erik Stern

    It was pretty good but not great

  29. 5 out of 5

    are we there yet

    Everything made sense at the end, but some parts were just too disturbing for me.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Andy

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