This one has already been reviewed before, at least in part, as it’s the last third of the second volume of Comic Pulp. So if you read the review for that one and decided that all you really wanted to see was the part about giant robots fighting each other while an old drunk tried to save the world and get the top heavy girl, you’re in luck! As for me, the covers of those first two volumes are simply too wonderful to mess with the individual issues, so I’d have to go with the complete volumes, even with the weak middle of the last one. Also, how the women in these books are able to walk without a wheelbarrow in front of them is beyond me. So why bother posting this at all if I’ve already reviewed it? Well, my review pile is tiny, and it’s more a public service announcement than anything else. Read on its own this is a pretty fun ride, even if I can’t figure out what benefit it is for a giant robot to have a fake piece of hair plastered over one eyeball. Is it just to make it look cool? I would think tactically that you wouldn’t want your giant robot to be blind in one eye, but then again, I don’t have my own giant robot, so what do I know? So, to sum all this up: be careful when you see “new comics” from an artist you like, as they may really be older comics that have already been collected. Of course, the cheaper price does make it easier to check people out at cons. $3.95
Comic Pulp Volume 2
This is apparently where the series starts to get random, if this is in fact a series and not just a collection of old mini comics. There are three stories in here. The first is about the baby and a crazy guy who’s eating rats in an alley. The baby takes him to get help, but ends up having to push a train up a hill and beating up some convicts. Next up you have the guy from the cover, who had to put copper wire around his head to keep his brain free from the influence of the new robot (?) overlords, while he mostly just wants to have sex with the breeding female with the biggest breasts without getting found out as an independent agent and not part of the “herd” that has been created. Struggles and robots ensue, as well as an underground agency including a woman with even bigger breasts who tries to get the guy with the copper wiring to come with them. Which rack will he choose? And finally there’s the story of a drunk bum who’s hanging around with prostitutes until a demon comes along to take control of everybody around him in an attempt to kill him. To fight this scourge he has to find his old giant robot from when he was a kid and get it to help save the day, although what exactly he is saving it from is a bit more complicated than it appears on first glance. Oh, and he meets a waitress with giant breasts who he has to save from the monsters, which seems to be about par for the course as far as these things go. Overall, I missed having that baby shouting about evil with his occasional hackneyed dialogue. If you think it’s odd that I commented so much on the giant breasts, well, I probably wouldn’t have if they weren’t so huge, and if they weren’t also commented on by the characters at every available opportunity. The middle story with the guy with the copper wiring was a bit of a mess (even if it did include a cameo by the baby), but the other two were still pretty entertaining, which makes the whole book worth a look. The price has gone up a bit (all the way to $9.95) but I’m pretty sure this is bigger than the last one, so it all works out in the end.
Comic Pulp Vol. 1: Billy Cole
Not sure if that “Billy Cole” is supposed to be there or not, but as this says Vol. 1 and this is the whole collected Billy Cole, I’m going out on a limb here and guessing that the second volume is going to be called something else. This is from a mini comic published back in 1994 about a baby who pops out of the womb, rips off his own umbilical cord and flies off to start fighting evil. Oh, and apparently it came out neutered. Anyway, this leads Billy to getting tricked into wrestling, beating up some people who want to eat his brains, getting mentored by a homeless guy, trying to get a giant robot reactivated and, of course, fighting evil for real. The art is smudgy and rainy, making the whole thing about as dreary as possible. The writing is full of grand truths, or at least things that sound like grand truths, mixed in with the wide-eyed incredulity (at times) of a five pound baby. Naturally, I loved it. At times it’s so dark that it’s hard to tell what’s going on, but that’s my only real complaint here. This was a good old-fashioned blast with a tiny baby in the role of the main hero. What’s not to like about that? $6.95