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BATTLE POPE VOLUME 2: MAYHEM
Written by Paul Dini/Art by Carlos D'Anda

 

Review Information

Reviewer: Brooke Russell
Review Date: June 2011

Comic Information

Publisher: Image

7.5

out of 10

 

Robert Kirkman's outrageous creation Battle Pope returns again as the reader is once again forced to read the antics of a foul-mouthed gun-totting drunk pope in volume 2 of Battle Pope entitled Mayhem!

Continuing from the previous volume of Battle Pope, Oswald Leopold II returns with his hippy sidekick, Jesus Christ after successfully rescuing St. Michael from hell. The result is that both Oswald and Jesus H. Christ have become somewhat of a celebrity.

Unfortunately Lucifer and his unholy cohorts are once again up to trouble again as he attempts to regain control of the Hellcorp which Oswald basically destroyed in the last volume. Needless to say, it was a bloodbath but for some strange reason, our holy pope enjoys this kind of work... especially with the fights and weaponry.

However, even with all the outrageous fights and female breasts, Pope Oswald can't get a break and to compound the situation, his landlord is giving him grief as is his new roommate, Jesus H. Christ. Volume 2 of Battle Pope is like the Odd Couple meets Catholicism and the offensive nature of this story continues to impress. There a classic scene in the book where Jesus walks into Oswald and he has a small harem around him where he tells Jesus that can't you see I'm busy. 
 
Apart from the whacky writing, the artwork is a clear winner of Battle Pope Volume 2, thanks to Matthew Roberts, Tony Moore, Mark Kidwell, Brian Despain and Shane White. As opposed to volume one which was just Tony Moore, this volume has several artists and thankfully they all compliment each other. Colouring is once again left up to Val Staples who does a remarkable job.

With a cameo from the Savage Dragon.. getting nailed, this volume ends with another cliff hanger as a female demon from hell returns. Compared to volume 1, Kirkman seems to have found the perfect role for Oswald with a careful balance of hijacks, humour and over the top action.

Just be warned that if political correctness is part of your moral edict, than Battle Pope is not! A classic tale of good versus evil that has been twisted by the strange mind of Robert Kirkman! It's comedy meets super heroics and all things wrong! Recommended!






 
 



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