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
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.
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!