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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Comic Book Review: Battle Pope


Battle Pope
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist: Tony Moore
Issues: 13
Published by Image Comics

Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore's The Walking Dead was a smash hit. It gave you everything you could ask for in a zombie-themed comic book: suspense, horror, action, violence, and non-stop surprises. But never did I thought that they would have created a crazier one in Battle Pope, which came before their more popular novel. Not to mention that it is as funny as hell.

Let me tell you right now that this not your ordinary comic book. No, not at all. Its particularly offensive especially for the religious types, because the main character is a drinking, violent and womanizing Pope (Pope Leopold Oswald II, if you want the full name) who did whatever he wanted to do, had sex with women, raised hell and gave the middle finger to anybody who pissed him off.

A sword-slashing and trigger happy Pope? That's kinda cool.

After God cast his wrath on Earth and condemned everyone because of their wrong doing, the demons, led by Lucifer -  (yup, just like the one in the Bible) stampeded their way to Earth. So God appoints somebody who protect the humans from these filthy abominations, and guess what -  he picks the Pope.  The bargain was, if he succeeds in defeating the demons, then he will have his chance of getting that one way ticket to heaven. Woohoo! Sounds like a plan. Then it gets even wackier when God tells him that he would have a  special sidekick to help him in his mission.

I'll give you a chance to guess who the sidekick is. He deserves the special mention. When you have your guess, click on the jump to read the rest of my review. (No Google cheating please...)

The Pope's sidekick: Jesus Christ.  

So a gun-toting Pope trying to save the world and is aided by Jesus. Sounds crazy? Yeah it is, but wait till you read it. Now, for the sake of keeping a non-spoiler entry (in case you haven't read it yet), i'm going to stop right here. Just read it.

Batlle Pope is wonderfully illustrated and its almost like hentai when it comes to the sexually-themed panels. Its almost blasphemous at times, but despite all the religiously-degrading themes and illustrations, I can assure you that everything was done with a wink and a smile. Kirkman's wise-cracking is so good that you would almost chuckle every time, making it one of Image Comics' most memorable titles ever. A controversial, but admittedly fun read.

1 comment:

  1. I don't recall how old my youngest son was when I found him reading this. I found myself looking it through, then I went n' bought the entire series. Very well executed graphics and great storylines, just a shame it had to come to an end quite so soon, Boo, Hoo Hoo.