Monday, November 09, 2015

Booknote: Battle Pope, Volume 1

Robert Kirkman, Battle Pope, Volume 1: Genesis. Berkeley, CA: Image Comics, 2006. ISBN: 978-1-58240-572-8.

Genre: graphic novels and comics
Subgenre: humor, heroes
Format: paperback
Source: I bought this (along with the next three volumes) at Half Price Books

This is a comic by Robert Kirkman before he got famous with The Walking Dead, and to be honest, I like it better than his more famous comic. Battle Pope is a fun and irreverent ride not for the lighthearted nor the easily offended. For the rest of us who like humor, violence, and fun, this is a good read.

The premise is as follows. End times come, and there is a war between Hell and Earth. God, for some reason, mostly stays out of it. The war comes to a truce, but it means demons can roam the Earth. Lucifer decides to kidnap Saint Michael, Earth's Guardian Angel. God needs someone to rescue him, and he gets Pope, a womanizing, hard drinking brawler to do it. To help Pope, God's son Jesus H. Christ, who's mostly a mellow hippie, goes along. If Pope succeeds, he gets a pass to Heaven. This is a fun read from beginning to end. Pope gets into mischief and all sorts of serious trouble while he also kicks some serious ass. God has given him serious strength, and Pope will need it to rescue Michael.

The comic overall is great fun. The art, now in full color, really makes the characters pop. In addition, this edition has an artist's sketchbook with commentary. It also has a small introduction to set the comic up for new readers. This is a title for adults. Some mature teen readers could possibly enjoy it too. It does contain violence, which is gruesome but nothing worse than any other horror comic or movie. It also has sex, though nothing really explicit. And of course, it has some crass humor. Now that I got the warnings out of the way, I say have fun and read on. I really liked this one, and I do recommend it for something fun and different.

4 out of 5 stars.

This book qualifies for the following 2015 Reading Challenges:

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