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* BalladOfX:''The Ballad of Johnny Funwrecker''


''The Couriers'' is the first comic series by Brian Wood, later to become more famous with titles like ''ComicBook/{{Northlanders}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Demo}}'', ''ComicBook/{{DMZ}}'' and ''ComicBook/{{Local}}''. Many of Wood's later works are known for their serious and downbeat treatment of violence and its consequences. ''The Couriers''... Er, [[RuleOfCool Not]] [[WorldOfBadass so]] [[HeroicBloodshed much]].

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''The Couriers'' is the first comic series by Brian Wood, BrianWood, later to become more famous with titles like ''ComicBook/{{Northlanders}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Demo}}'', ''ComicBook/{{DMZ}}'' and ''ComicBook/{{Local}}''. Many of Wood's later works are known for their serious and downbeat treatment of violence and its consequences. ''The Couriers''... Er, [[RuleOfCool Not]] [[WorldOfBadass so]] [[HeroicBloodshed much]].


''The Couriers'' is the first comic series by Brian Wood, later to become more famous with titles like ''ComicBook/{{Northlanders}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Demo}}'', ''ComicBook/{{DMZ}}'' and ''{{Local}}''. Many of Wood's later works are known for their serious and downbeat treatment of violence and its consequences. ''The Couriers''... Er, [[RuleOfCool Not]] [[WorldOfBadass so]] [[HeroicBloodshed much]].

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''The Couriers'' is the first comic series by Brian Wood, later to become more famous with titles like ''ComicBook/{{Northlanders}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Demo}}'', ''ComicBook/{{DMZ}}'' and ''{{Local}}''.''ComicBook/{{Local}}''. Many of Wood's later works are known for their serious and downbeat treatment of violence and its consequences. ''The Couriers''... Er, [[RuleOfCool Not]] [[WorldOfBadass so]] [[HeroicBloodshed much]].


* ArtImitatesArt: The original back cover of ''The Couriers'' depicts the major characters in the style and poses from the iconic poster of ''{{Film/Trainspotting}}''.



* PicturePastiche: The original back cover of ''The Couriers'' depicts the major characters in the style and poses from the iconic poster of ''{{Film/Trainspotting}}''.


The series started with what was meant to be a one-off graphic novel, ''Couscous Express'', with art by Brett Weldele. Wood then produced three further graphic novels about the same characters with art by Rob G: ''The Couriers'', ''Dirtbike Manifesto'', and ''The Ballad of Johnny Funwrecker''. They were all originally published by [=AiT=]/Planet Lar, but a 2012 combined volume came out from Creator/Image Comics.

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The series started with what was meant to be a one-off graphic novel, ''Couscous Express'', with art by Brett Weldele. Wood then produced three further graphic novels about the same characters with art by Rob G: ''The Couriers'', ''Dirtbike Manifesto'', and ''The Ballad of Johnny Funwrecker''. They were all originally published by [=AiT=]/Planet Lar, but a 2012 combined volume came out from Creator/Image Comics.
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* BigApplesauceTheBigRottenApple: Although the characters like it that way.

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* RollerbladeGood: Mous and Special at times.

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* GangOfHats: The Turkish Scooter Mafia. Literally, as they all wear fezes.

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* BigApplesauce


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* CollectorOfTheStrange: The General.
* ComicBookFantasyCasting: A walk-on ally of Special's is based on Wood's art collaborator on other work, Becky Cloonan.


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* PicturePastiche: The original back cover of ''The Couriers'' depicts the major characters in the style and poses from the iconic poster of ''{{Film/Trainspotting}}''.


The series started with what was meant to be a one-off graphic novel, ''Couscous Express'', with art by Brett Weldele. Wood then produced three further graphic novels about the same characters with art by Rob G: ''The Couriers'', ''Dirtbike Manifesto'', and ''The Ballad of Johnny Funwrecker''. They were all originally published by AiT/Planet Lar, but a 2012 combined volume came out from Creator/Image Comics.

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The series started with what was meant to be a one-off graphic novel, ''Couscous Express'', with art by Brett Weldele. Wood then produced three further graphic novels about the same characters with art by Rob G: ''The Couriers'', ''Dirtbike Manifesto'', and ''The Ballad of Johnny Funwrecker''. They were all originally published by AiT/Planet [=AiT=]/Planet Lar, but a 2012 combined volume came out from Creator/Image Comics.



* TheCourier: Naturally.

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* TheCourier: {{Courier}}: Naturally.


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* KnowledgeBroker: Hot Sauce


The series revolves around Moustafa and Special, two young "couriers" who specialise in the kind of loads that normal courier companies don't handle because they are illegal, or so in demand that they're likely to attract every gunman in town to try to steal them at gunpoint. Usually, it's both. Oh, and they also do general bodyguarding and occasional just shooting people for money.

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The series revolves around Moustafa and Special, two young "couriers" who specialise in the kind of loads that normal courier companies don't handle because they are illegal, or so in demand that they're likely to attract every gunman in town to try to steal them at gunpoint. Usually, it's both. Oh, and they also do general bodyguarding and occasional occasionally just shooting shoot people for money.



* AsianSpeakeeEngrish: Johnny Funwrecker has a mild case of this.

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* AsianSpeakeeEngrish: ActionGirl: Moustafa's girlfriend Olive doesn't usually get mixed up in his and Special's business, but when necessary she can defend herself pretty well.
* AsianSpeekeeEngrish:
Johnny Funwrecker has a mild case of this.



* BastardUnderstudy: Special to Johnny Funwrecker.



* BulletProofVest: Moustafa resorts to one when a PLA special forces team comes after him. He still gets mocked for it.



* CoolBike: Mous's dirt bike, and Olive's Vespa.



* TheCourier: Naturally.
* DarkActionGirl: Special. And she's one of the protagonists.
* DesignatedGirlFight: Special and Becky



* EveryScarHasAStory: Subverted, as Special always refuses to explain the scar on her cheek to anyone. [[spoiler:It's finally revealed that she got it in a gun battle with a murderous ex-boyfriend.]]



* EvilCounterpart: Becky, the militia's SmallGirlBigGun, to Special, although Special is arguably pretty evil herself.



* TheGhost: Hot Sauce



* MultipleChoicePast: In ''Couscous Express'', Moustafa's first-person narration suggests that he grew up in a rough housing project as Olive's neighbour. ''The Ballad of Johnny Funwrecker'' instead depicts him as the rebellious son of extremely wealthy but neglectful and abusive parents.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Olive after her impulsive grenade attack on the Turkish Scooter Mafia ignites a full-on gang war and nearly gets her parents killed.
* NominalHero: On the very borderline between this and VillainProtagonist.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Moustafa taking out all the PLA goons who storm his apartment.
* OriginsEpisode / WholeEpisodeFlashback: "The Ballad of Johnny Funwrecker" explains how Mous and Special first met and started their partnership.
* PlatonicLifePartners: Mous and Special



* SatisfiedStreetRat: Special



* TattooedCrook: Mous has tribal tattoos all over his shoulders, Special has a smaller one on her shoulder blade, and Johnny Funwrecker is heavily tattooed all over.




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* WalkingShirtlessScene: Johnny Funwrecker


The series revolves around Mustapha and Special, two young "couriers" who specialise in the kind of loads that normal courier companies don't handle because they are illegal, or so in demand that they're likely to attract every gunman in town to try to steal them at gunpoint. Usually, it's both. Oh, and they also do general bodyguarding and occasional just shooting people for money.

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The series revolves around Mustapha Moustafa and Special, two young "couriers" who specialise in the kind of loads that normal courier companies don't handle because they are illegal, or so in demand that they're likely to attract every gunman in town to try to steal them at gunpoint. Usually, it's both. Oh, and they also do general bodyguarding and occasional just shooting people for money.
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!!''The Couriers'' provides examples of:

* AsianSpeakeeEngrish: Johnny Funwrecker has a mild case of this.
* BareYourMidriff: Olive in ''Couscous Express'' and Special in ''The Couriers''.
* BodyguardBabes: Deconstructed with Johnny Funwrecker's hot young female bodyguards. Everyone knows they're just to indulge his fetishes, Special is the only competent one among them, and she destroys his organisation and moves into the vacant space because she's fed up with him seeing her only as eye candy.
* CarFu
* CharacterOverlap: Jennie from Wood's story ''Channel Zero'' makes a cameo in ''The Couriers''.
* CoolCar: Special's 1967 Chevy Camaro SS
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Moustafa and Special won't touch anything involving human trafficking.
* EveryoneIsArmed
* GenericEthnicCrimeGang: The Turkish Scooter Mafia
* GunFu
* HeroicBloodshed: A US comics version of the genre.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: The militia types in ''Dirtbike Manifesto'' make their opinion of Mous's Middle Eastern origins pretty clear.
* RightWingMilitiaFanatic: The other side in ''Dirtbike Manifesto''.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: ''Dirtbike Manifesto'' revolves around Mous and Special going after an upstate redneck militia who killed one of their friends and occasional helpers.
* SmallGirlBigGun: Special and several other characters.
* TrainingFromHell: Delivered by Special to Mous in ''The Ballad of Johnny Funwrecker''.
* TheTriadsAndTheTongs: Johnny Funwrecker, and the General's lackies in the first part of ''The Couriers''.
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehaviour: Mous and Special were respectively 12 and 15 when they first joined Johnny Funwrecker's gang, and Special at least was already a highly experienced hood.

* WorldOfBadass: The series is set in an NYC where bicycle couriers routinely carry Uzis and running gunfights down the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway attract little police interest.

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''The Couriers'' is the first comic series by Brian Wood, later to become more famous with titles like ''ComicBook/{{Northlanders}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Demo}}'', ''ComicBook/{{DMZ}}'' and ''{{Local}}''. Many of Wood's later works are known for their serious and downbeat treatment of violence and its consequences. ''The Couriers''... Er, [[RuleOfCool Not]] [[WorldOfBadass so]] [[HeroicBloodshed much]].

The series started with what was meant to be a one-off graphic novel, ''Couscous Express'', with art by Brett Weldele. Wood then produced three further graphic novels about the same characters with art by Rob G: ''The Couriers'', ''Dirtbike Manifesto'', and ''The Ballad of Johnny Funwrecker''. They were all originally published by AiT/Planet Lar, but a 2012 combined volume came out from Creator/Image Comics.

The series revolves around Mustapha and Special, two young "couriers" who specialise in the kind of loads that normal courier companies don't handle because they are illegal, or so in demand that they're likely to attract every gunman in town to try to steal them at gunpoint. Usually, it's both. Oh, and they also do general bodyguarding and occasional just shooting people for money.

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