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Review: God Hates Astronauts #1

Written by Bryant Thomas on Wednesday, September 03 2014 and posted in Reviews

Review: God Hates Astronauts #1

Absurdity runs rampant in this ridiculously entertaining comic.

Ryan Browne, with the trusty colors of Jordan Boyd and Chris Crank's arsenal of letters, take's this former-24-hour experiment to new on-going heights. This book is absurd, bizarre, and hilarious. With what I have seen so far, I'm pretty much hooked on it. I want this in my veins!

So just to provide a brief description of this story, redneck astronauts known as 'astro-farmers' have accidentally launched their barn-silo-rocket into the rocket ship of General Tiger Eating a Cheeseburger, the son of King Tiger Eating a Cheeseburger. From this occurrence shit really hits the fan and the horrible superhero team known as 'The Power Persons Five' show up to put an end to the 'astro-farmers' that are leftover.

What I really enjoyed in this book, besides the crazy characters that are introduced, is really the self-awareness of this comic. We are given an exposition-heavy recap but when the character that gives this recap is named 3-D Cowboy and is a ghost with a tiny cowboy hat...I tend to pay attention. The humor is a successful concoction from all those involved. I particularly really enjoy the letters of Chris Crank and Ryan Browne, I never thought that “About to Fuck Shit Up!” could be used as a sound effect but something about it just works.

Besides the writing, Browne and Boyd really bring some great art to this. With the vibrant colors it provides a very cartoony look to this very [im]mature comic. Browne's level of detail really shines in a lot of these panels and the action scenes are very well done as they are accompanied with those special sound effects. The character designs really are a great example to the twisted and energetic mind of Ryan Browne. I really want to read his script for this issue just to see how this magic is made.

I don't know what else to say about this comic. It hits on all levels. I re-read this issue multiple times because I needed some good humor in my life and I just enjoyed it so much. For those who are missing The Auteur and want something a little bit twisted will be fully satisfied with this heavy serving of WTF.

I was having kind of a bad day and in my pull list there is a lot of dark, violent, semi-depressing stories so I'm glad that I have God Hates Astronauts. This comic was a very welcome surprise considering a lot of the hype that was on the internet regarding it and it definitely delivered. Thank you, Ryan Browne and co. This was a great read and I recommend it to people who are looking for a very funny comic to brighten up their dark pull list.  


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About the Author - Bryant Thomas

Bryant Thomas is far too over attached to his dog, Dexter. He talks to him. Confesses to him. But most of all, he reads comics to him. When Bryant isn't working for the energy industry, helping companies figure out what to buy to make them profitable, he reaches for a new trade or drools over all of the insane JH Williams art in Batwoman's early issues. Growing up in Texas has given Bryant a very complex palate to BBQ Sauces, ranch dressing, and the occasional whiskey. His free-time is filled with panels and panels, and even more panels as he writes reviews for the wonderful institution that is, The Outhouse. 

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