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Published on March 15th, 2018 | by Chris O'Connor

Gwar Orgasmageddon Collection TPB Comic Review

Gwar Orgasmageddon Collection TPB Comic Review Chris O'Connor
Story
Writing
Artwork

Summary: Punk, Heavy Metal band GWAR inflict their destructive influence throughout Earth's timeline in pursuit of Mr Perfect with bloodshed on their mind.

4

Metal Mayhem


I’ve been aware of GWAR for some time… I suspect I probably heard them and of them on RAGE at some point late at night sometime in my younger days. (If memory serves I think they guest programed one time). But I wasn’t overly familiar with them. When this title came up I couldn’t help but dive in and see where that curiousity would take me… turns out it was a crazy, over the top comical time travel story filled with violence and pop culture references.

Writing

GWAR come across in this comic as kind of the evil Spinal Tap… a group that take a situation and push it to eleven… or in GWAR’s case I don’t even think eleven is enough for them. It would be easy to dismiss the whole thing as over the top violence and sexual suggestion but to do so would miss some of the cleverness threaded throughout. Pop culture references pepper the pages and make for the occasional unexpected chuckle. There’s no question the story is crazy, but that is completely in keeping with GWAR as a performance group. Comparing the story to Bill and Ted on bath salts is pretty reasonable.

Artwork

You couldn’t have a story this over the top without having visuals to match and sure enough the visuals are over the top sex and violence… mostly the violence (even the sex parts can be violent… but not in the horrible realistic sense… rather in the… how should I say this… exit speed and force, The Naked Gun, style crazyness sort). This is certainly not something for the kids… beheadings, exploding heads and quad penis visuals litter the pages… at the very least it would just be too hard to explain to anyone let alone a child.

Final Thoughts

If you are in the mood for some crazy, doesn’t take itself too serious fun then this is worth a read. It may well even be a gateway to listening to GWAR’s music (I had to have a look to remind myself and found myself enjoying more than I probably did when I first came across them). It’s nice to know that music has acts that put effort into the theatrics as much as the music… GWAR take performance art to the next level and this comic is like a GWAR concert lived larger than life.

Publisher: Dynamite
Writer: Matt Miner, Matt Maquire
Artist: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer, Tom Neely
Cover Artist: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Format: 128pgs, FC, TPB
Release Date: February 2018


About the Author

chrisoconnor@impulsegamer.com'

Father of four, husband of one and all round oddity. Gaming at home since about 1982 with a Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Moving on to the more traditional PC genre in the years that followed with the classic Jump Joe and Alley Cat. CGA, EGA, VGA and beyond PC's have been central to my gaming but I've also enjoyed consoles and hand helds along the way (who remembers the Atari Lynx?). Would have been actor/film maker, jack of many trades master of none.



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