The Asgardian Trade Commission 10/3/10

Posted on October 3, 2010. Filed under: Reviews |

By Erik Lewis, Lead Blogger

It’s Sunday, and I’d like to thank you for joining me here at By Odin’s Beard!  On today’s Asgardian Trade Commission, I’ll be starting a new theme month, in honor of Robert Kirkman, and the Walking Dead TV series that’s airing at the end of the month.  I’m looking forward to going over some of his earlier works.  Without anything further, let’s get started, shall we?

Battle Pope Volume 1: Genesis

Funk-O-Tron, $12.95

Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore

Collects Battle Pope #1-4

Battle Pope is a fairly simple concept.  The Rapture has occurred, and among the left behind is the Pope himself.  Now, the Pope isn’t a bad guy, he has some great morals, but he has some habits that have kept him out of Heaven.  He dies while fighting a demon over a girl and is taken to Heaven to meet with God.  God gives him a chance to get into Heaven, if he returns to earth and rescues the angel Michael from the clutches of the demons who are overrunning the earth.  That’s the premise as short as I can make it.  Throughout the issue, we’re treated to stunning art, even if it’s the original black and white, it’s still great.  It seems to me like Kirkman took the Pope, tossed in some Punisher, and gave him some extra powers to boot.  There’s a great sense of humor in the story, (as usually permeates most of Kirkman’s work) and while it could potentially be a very controversial book, everything that could be divisive about it is handled with such a delicate, yet ridiculous hand that it doesn’t seem sacrilegious, it seems more to be poking fun at itself than religion itself.  Yes, the Pope’s sidekick is Jesus, and yes, Jesus is largely useless as an action hero, but there are moments where Jesus acts as a walking deus ex machina, and when asked how he did something miraculous, he shrugs and says “I’m the son of God.”  There are also nice touches if you spend enough time looking at the book.  For example, every time Jesus is pictured, his t-shirt has a different slogan or image on it.  There are also very detailed backgrounds, inventive character designs, and more.  This is a great story, an entertaining book, and a must read for the price tag.  If you like Kirkman and haven’t read this, you’re missing out.

Volstagg’s Beard 4/5

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