Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Writer: Matt Maguire & Matt Miner
Artist: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer & Matt Miner
Colors: Marissa Louise & Doug Gargark
Letters & Design: Brendan Wright
Review by PeteR
“Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.” Edmund Gwen, 1787
Wow, I just finished reading Gwar: Orgasmageddon. Here is the opening explanation: “Eons ago, the aliens from planet Scumdogia named Gwar, were banished by the Master to an insignificant planet called Earth. They has sex with apes and created humans.”
The narration of Gwar: Orgasmageddon goes on to explain how these aliens become a six creature heavy metal rock band. Their manager and drug supplier Sleazy P. Martin, randomly shoots people in the crowd at Gwar’s concert for not letting him finish a joke. The concert is interrupted by Sawborg Destructo who wants to drag the members of Gwar back to their planet to join in Sawborg’s master’s jihad. Pandemonium erupts. Big guns, chain saws and various tools of destruction are used in a battle between Gwar and the forces of Sawborg. When Gwar’s two female companions arrive, they help the band escape in their rocket ship, the Dickmobile. As the members of Gwar are flying off, guitarist Postulus Maximus accidently breaks the ship by sitting on the control panel. The eight beings are thrown through time. They inadvertently hack their way through feudal Japan, the American Revolution and cause the crash of the Hindenburg.
Gwar: Orgasmageddon writers Matt Maguire & Matt Miner try to pepper the mayhem with banter, various dick jokes and the occasional break of the fourth wall. The art by Jonathan Brandon and again Matt Miner portray guts and gore with gleeful abandon. Marissa Louise & Doug Gargark color all the entrails, dinosaurs, blood and exploding heads in Gwar: Orgasmageddon with fiendish exuberance. Brendan Wright’s lettering provides the dialogue of the various creatures with their own fonts in an attempt to emphasize the hazardous intent of the sundry, malignant characters.
Why you should buy this book? I am not a fan of Bevis & Butthead, Southpark or any of Seth McFarlane’s cartoons. I know they are insanely popular but I just don’t get the appeal. This is not meant as a slight or an insult to those who enjoy those shows. I also don’t like opera but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate Luciano Pavarotti’s talent. Gwar: Orgasmageddon feels like the creators tried to forcibly squeeze the Teenage Mutant Turtles cartoons with back issues of Heavy Metal magazine and some underground comix like Zap and Trashman into a very small can. If you like any of the television shows or magazines I listed, you might want to give Dynamite’s Gwar: Orgasmageddon a shot. Me, I have a stack of Dynamite’s book Red Team by Garth Ennis that I would much rather read.