Battle Pope is the entertaining series by Robert Kirkman and Tony
Moore which revolves around a crazed cigar smoking and gun totting
Pope who takes no for an answer... his name is
Oswald Leopold the second. Joining Pope Oswald in this
alternate universe is a mentally challenged Jesus Chris who acts as
his sidekick and needless to say, the situations that this unholy duo
get involved in is sometimes quite shocking.
If your anywhere
religious or a practicing Catholic than you might want to get your
read elsewhere because this book is as sacrilegious as they come,
especially as this pope is quite the asshole not to mention his
numerous vices from drinking to womanising. Even the first few pages
has the pope knocking people out, having sex with a woman and
flipping god the bird. That's just on four pages! However comedy and outrageousness are the keys to Battle Pope, not
to mention lots of action. His nemesis is of course Lucifer which
requires Oswald to rescue St. Michael that leads our anti-hero
to hell and back, quite literally.
The highlight of Battle Pope
Volume 1 is the dialogue and seeing this crazed old pope do exactly
the opposite of what he should be doing is f**king hilarious. The mentally challenged
Jesus is quite creepy to watch as well which reminds me of the
excellent Preacher series by Garth Ennis. The only downside to
Battle Pope Volume 1 is that it does become a little repetitive and
eventually the shock factor does wear thin. Even so, it's one of the
most original reads in a long time.
To compliment the outrageous story, Battle Pope Volume 1 features
some amazing art by Tony Moore which really brings the story to life
and Moore has a real touch for creating over the top action scenes.
Obviously Moore did have fun drawing the female characters in the
book and his interpretation of the foul-mouth battle hardened pope
is pure ingenious not to mention his hideous demons from hell. It should also be noted that the colouring of this
story is perfect, thanks to Val Staples who makes everything look
clean in this dirty dirty world.
In the end, if you're looking something left out of centre and not
your mainstream Spider-man or Batman cr*p, than I would suggest you check
out volume 1 of Battle Pope, Genesis. It's an easy read without any of the
complexities of the more serious books. Provided Catholicism hasn't
put a Jihad (e.g. Holy War) against Kirkman, I'm looking forward to
where the adventures of Pope Oswald Leopold II and Jesus end up.