God Hates Astronauts #1 (Image)

GHA1

Rating: 4.5/5 – A Zany, Profane, Off-Kilter Farce for People Who Like That Sort of Thing.
by ComicSpectrum EiC Bob Bretall.

God Hates Astronauts is the kind of thing you’re going to think is brilliant or you’re just not going to get it.  It’s for people who “like that sort of thing”.  Let me give an example by showing a single panel from page #1 of this issue:

GHA Page1 Panel5I thought this was HILARIOUS!  “Admiral Tiger Eating a Cheeseburger! What in Crab Jesus’ name is going on?!”  This made me laugh out loud.  If this tickles your funny bone go now to buy this comic!  If your comic shop is closed you can buy it on Comixology 24 hours a day!  If you can read the above panel and say “Meh, not really that funny…” then move along and read something else, I think this exemplifies writer/artist Ryan Browne’s sense of humor.  One thing I’ll warn you of, though, it’s not for the easily offended.

This story focuses on a group of Astro-Farmers (yes, farmers!) that are using rocket powered silos to launch themselves into space.  NASA can not abide having these sod-busters flying into space all willy-nilly.  So, opposing the Astro-Farmers are NASA’s super-team The Power Persons Five under the leadership of Star Grass (a warrior with a flaming ghost-cow head), wait until you read his origin.  Crazy!  And wait until you read about Lord Astro-Farmer and his “love that dares not speak it’s name”.  Browne’s dialogue is hilariously crazy throughout the issue and that pairs quite well with his detailed art loaded with sight gags and brilliant sound effects throughout.   If you like this issue, make sure you check out the original GHA TPB that preceded this series.

This was really in my sweet spot, humor-wise.  I got at least a laugh-a-page from this issue and that’s exceptionally rare for a comic (I’m talking about comics trying to be comedic, not the plethora of unintentionally funny bad ones out there…)  Ryan Browne has created something special in God Hates Astronauts.  From top to bottom; the art, dialogue, and sound effects blend together into an uproarious sack of side-splitting snickers.  I’m all-in on this series, bring it on, Browne!

Reviewed by: Bob Bretall
(bob@comicspectrum.com
)
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