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Review: Gwar: Orgasmageddon #2

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Thrown into the past by Mr. Perfect, our favorite “Scumdogs of the Universe” GWAR are fighting their way through time like a horde of insane drunken children, killing and defiling all in their path. Find out what REALLY happened in our human history and get the full story of GWAR’s involvement in World War II, Aztec human sacrifices, and the sinking of the Titanic, plus meet the BRAND-NEW MONSTER with a name so foul we can’t print it here and an appearance so obscene we couldn’t draw it on the cover! This book is a gut punch of social conscience wrapped in a blood-soaked corpse and sprinkled with comedy dynamite.

Dinosaurs, Nazis, dragons, human sacrifice, and a Kraken, oh my. Gwar: Orgasmageddon #2 outdoes the first when it comes to humor and violence of the first as the cock-ship randomly transports them through time. This forces them to shape history as the locals react to their presence. The additional tales at the end continue the humor in disturbing and perverse ways.

The art style continues to blend humor and violence in a spectacular fashion. The issue increases the amount of violence and action when the story calls for it but also dials it back when neccessary at the rare times when it isn’t needed. That creates some contrast and changes things up as things manage to somehow get stranger as the story progresses.

Story: Matt Miner, Matt Maguire Art: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Gwar Orgasmgeddon #1

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From the depths of outer space to the frozen wasteland of Antarctica, punk rock and heavy metal’s most shocking and blasphemous band of intergalactic blood spewing alien monsters has returned to kill everything and respect nothing in the pages of GWAR: Orgasmageddon! Banished to the past by the cold and calculating Mr. Perfect, the heroes of GWAR trample through time like a deranged Bill and Ted on bath salts – antics ensue as they stomp and smash and shape human history to what we accept as our current reality.

GWAR: Orgasmageddon #1 is a violently hilarious premiere issue. GWAR takes a literal stab at reality as they travel through time causing mayhem everywhere they arrive and shaping history in unexpected often violent ways. For newcomers the comic also helps with a bit of the history of the bands’ mythos for those unfamiliar with their music. The first issue is a must have for fans of the band.

The art style is in a constant state of flux as various band members travel throughout time. That manages to create some interesting eye-catching visuals, along with adding to the humor of it all. Sawyer manages to do something unique with it, as it blends with the plot and enhances it in some ways. That includes creating a character based on their song Mr. Perfect. I really hope that style continues throughout the series as it adds a lot to it all.

Story: Matt Maguire, Matt Miner Art: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Gwar: Orgasmageddon #1

Gwar: Orgasmageddon #1

writer: Matt Maguire, Matt Miner, Bob Gorman
artist: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer, Bob Gorman, Scott Wygmans, Matt Maguire
covers: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer (a), Scott Wygman (b), Coloring Book Variant (c), Photo Variant (d)
incentive covers: Scott Wygman (B/W art), Jonathan Brandon Sawyer (B/W art)
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FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Mature

From the depths of outer space to the frozen wasteland of Antarctica, punk rock and heavy metal’s most shocking and blasphemous band of intergalactic blood spewing alien monsters has returned to kill everything and respect nothing in the pages of GWAR: Orgasmageddon! Banished to the past by the cold and calculating Mr. Perfect, the heroes of GWAR trample through time like a deranged Bill and Ted on bath salts – antics ensue as they stomp and smash and shape human history to what we accept as our current reality. Co-written by GWAR themselves and Matt Miner (Toe Tag Riot, Critical Hit), GWAR: Orgasmageddon is a love letter to comics, grindhouse movies, and heavy metal – sure to appeal to the most die-hard fan and the comics fanboy/fangirl intrigued by the prospect of social awareness drowned in geysers of blood and alien goo.

Preview: GWAR: Orgasmageddon #1

GWAR: Orgasmageddon #1

(W) Matt Maguire, Matt Miner (A/CA) Jonathan Brandon Sawyer
In Shops: Jun 07, 2017
SRP: $3.99

From the depths of outer space to the frozen wasteland of Antarctica, punk rock and heavy metal’s most shocking and blasphemous band of intergalactic blood spewing alien monsters has returned to kill everything and respect nothing in the pages of GWAR: Orgasmageddon! Banished to the past by the cold and calculating Mr. Perfect, the heroes of GWAR trample through time like a deranged Bill and Ted on bath salts – antics ensue as they stomp and smash and shape human history to what we accept as our current reality. Co-written by GWAR themselves and Matt Miner (Toe Tag Riot, Critical Hit), GWAR: Orgasmageddon is a love letter to comics, grindhouse movies, and heavy metal – sure to appeal to the most die-hard fan and the comics fanboy/fangirl intrigued by the prospect of social awareness drowned in geysers of blood and alien goo.

Preview: Welcome Back Vol. 2 SC

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Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Claire Roe
Cover Artist: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer

Mali and Tessa remember now: they remember their roles as soldiers in a war without end, battling each other throughout centuries, reincarnating only to fight one another again. But now that they’re finally together, they’ve decided to break this cycle for good by choosing love over war. Unfortunately, factions on all sides of the conflict are at odds with their choice—including Tessa’s parents. Collects issues #5-8.

Kickstarter Spotlight: GWAR: Orgasmageddon

standard-cover-jonathan-brandon-sawyer-josh-jensenGWAR: Orgasmageddon, a blasphemous and blood-drenched 4-issue full-color comic book series by shock rock legends GWAR, writer Matt Miner (Toe Tag Riot, Critical Hit), artist Jonathan Brandon Sawyer (Welcome Back, Critical Hit), colorist Marissa Louise (RoboCop, Escape from New York), letterer Taylor Esposito (The Paybacks, Red Hood and the Outlaws) and editor Brendan Wright (Archie vs. Predator, Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight).

Having already violated the art, music, and film worlds, now infamous scumdogs GWAR are coming for your comic books!  Do you need to be a GWAR fan to love this series?  Hell no!  There’s loads of laughs, violence, fun, and irreverent social satire for everyone to enjoy!

Trampling through the past after being trapped in time by the cold and calculating Mr. Perfect, GWAR fights and kills and kills and KILLS, slogging their way through human history in a torrent of gore, blood, bile, and other assorted bodily fluids the way only the most famous satirical heavy metal band from the depths of outer space can.

In addition to the main story, every issue contains extras – shorts featuring X-COPS (GWAR’s cult-favorite 1990s side project, lampooning corrupt police) and the follies of SAWBORG DESTRUCTO, GWAR’s fearsome but mostly incompetent nemesis from Planet Scumdogia.  Each issue will also feature art and story contributions from GWAR members themselves, starting with pieces by BOB GORMAN (Bonesnapper the Cave Troll) and MATT MAGUIRE (Sawborg Destructo).

To entice pledges on the Kickstarter, the team has come up with a treasure trove of goodies to reward loyal backers.  Items range from comics and exclusive Kickstarter covers to limited edition T-shirts, original painted art on drum heads from GWAR themselves, painted baby GOR-GOR character dinosaurs, honest to God STAGE-USED GWAR PROPS, and tons of autographed merchandise, such as posters signed by the entire band, including the late, great Dave Brockie, who graced our puny human lives and made the world a much more fun place as the band’s ODERUS URUNGUS.

I got a chance to talk to Matt Miner and Jonathan Brandon Sawyer about their new project.

Graphic Policy: How’d this project come about? I know you’re a big Gwar fan Matt (Miner).

Matt Miner: Kind of a bucket list item for me, to write this book.  I have multiple GWAR tattoos, I’m winning a mission to collect every variation of every film and music release,  I’ve been into them for more than half my life, and I might have gotten emotional when Dave Brockie died.  I know they have a lot of hardcore fans and I don’t know how I stack up against them, but I consider myself pretty dedicated.  Most folks when they start writing comics probably want to write Spider-Man or Batman. Me?  I wanted to write GWAR, who are about as comic book a cast of characters as you could get.

Right now it’s kind of a weird situation though, because GWAR’s mostly-incompetent nemesis SAWBORG DESTRUCTO has me and Jonathan tied up in a basement and we have to raise this Kickstarter money in order for GWAR to come save us.  It’s a whole thing better explained in the Kickstarter video, but he’s gonna cut us open and play around in our guts if we don’t come up with the dough! Help us out at GWARkickstarter.com!

GP: Jonathan, how’d you come on board? Did you listen to Gwar before?

Jonathan Brandon Sawyer: I’m a big fan of metal and punk music in general, so of course I was familiar with the name and heard about their legendary stage shows. I had some friends who were big fans and I used to listen to the song “Penguin Attack” a lot back in high school, but I can’t say that I really delved into their stuff that much past that.

When Matt and I started working together on Critical Hit, he would always talk about GWAR. I always sneak in album covers and band shirts in my pages when I can, and he specifically asked for GWAR stuff to be included a few times. One day he commissioned me for a GWAR/Spring Breakers crossover piece, and I think that’s where the gears really started turning. He would always talk about how cool it would be for us to do a GWAR comic. One day he came to me and said he was actually taking the idea to the band and wanted me to be a part of it. Even though I didn’t know  a lot of their music at the time, I knew enough about them to know it would be a ton of fun, so I said yes.

Since then, I’ve listened to a lot more of their stuff, and I’ve went on a knowledge-binge a couple of times, researching the characters and storylines. I’ll never be as die-hard as Matt, but I’d say I’m a fan now, for sure.

GP: With the level of detail of some of these characters, what type of work did you do Jonathan in bringing them to the page and getting all of that right?

Jonathan Brandon Sawyer: I did a lot of digging for visual reference. I collected photos of their outfits from different angles, looked at art from the GWAR guys themselves, as well as other official art and fan art. Every artist that draws GWAR has their own interpretation of the characters, whether it be on an official t-shirt design, album cover, or just a fan doing a piece to show off on their deviantart page. I just looked at all that stuff, and figured out what the key elements of the characters are, visually. I also took each character’s personality and backstory into account, and tried to add my own spin to it without changing anything drastically.

GP: Gwar visually seems to have a lot of influences in there. I see D&D, Kirby, comics, it’s an amazing mix. When designing the world of this comic, is there a challenge of keeping up that eclectic feel of it all?

Jonathan Brandon Sawyer: Yeah, I’d say there is, but the real challenge for me is more about figuring out what NOT to draw. I actually love drawing backgrounds more than anything else, and I feel like I overdo it on detail sometimes (I’m sure our colorist, Marissa, agrees). I’m always trying to simplify things. That extra control panel or shelf of knick-knacks probably isn’t that necessary.

GP: When I think of Gwar, I also think of social satire. The band has taken on censorship, media violence, and celebrity as examples. I’m guessing we’ll see some of that within?

Matt Miner: Absolutely, and that’s why I’m stoked you wanted to ask us questions about the books, since Graphic Policy has a focus on politics in comics. GWAR has always had a certain brand of nihilistic social conscience – buried under the blood spray, the jizz, and the jokes, is an awareness of the world around us and a lampooning of societal ills.  GWAR doesn’t tackle these problems in any deep way, just drowns them in a sea of blood and bile – they help us to remember not to take everything so seriously, but to care about the things that matter.

GP: With things being so out there now, is it harder to do that social satire? It feels like things mainstream reality just keeps going further and further off the rails.

Matt Miner: What’s great about GWAR is that there’s no real-world problem you can’t behead or monster you can’t ram a sword through or inject with liquified radioactive crack cocaine until it grows and warps and becomes a  twisted monstrous version of itself.  Real life has gotten really crazy lately, and part of what GWAR: Orgasmageddon does is explain how we got to this point: It was all GWAR’s doing, stomping around in our human timeline like a bull on bath salts through a china shop.

GP: The issues will have back-up stories and I saw X-Cops will be a part of it. The idea of corrupt police is a whole other thing now than it was in the 90s. Will it be touching upon some of the more modern issues?

Matt Miner: A little explanation for readers: X-Cops were basically a GWAR side project in the 90s and they put out one excellent full-length album, a music video, and a 7-inch single.  They were maybe even more misunderstood than GWAR, as they’d get up on stage in police uniforms, and lampoon the racist, corrupt, violent cops that we know exist in our society.  Not everyone understood that these horrible, ugly, nazi cops on stage were satire and holding up a mirror to real-life problems – and I think they were chased out of more than one concert by well-meaning folks who just didn’t get it.

So yes, X-Cops will be in the backups and they’ll be taking a look at modern day ills, plus there’s a couple throwback previously-unpublished strips by Bob Gorman that we’ll be running.

GP: Why does the world need Gwar now, more than ever?

Matt Miner: GWAR’s here to roast marshmallows on the dumpster fire of humanity. Who’s up for s’mores?

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Wraparound Kickstarter exclusive: Art and color by Matt Maguire (Sawborg Destructo)

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Make America GWAR Again Kickstarter exclusive: Christian DiBari art, Mike Spicer color, Taylor Esposito design

Preview: Welcome Back #8

Welcome Back #8

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Claire Roe
Cover Artist: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer
Price: $3.99

Final issue! Tessa and Mali begin their counterattack against the forces behind the never-ending war.

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Preview: Welcome Back Vol. 1 TP

Welcome Back Vol. 1 TP

Author: Christopher Sebela
Artists: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer, Claire Roe

Mali and Tessa have lived hundreds of different lives throughout time, caught up in an eternal cycle as they take part in a war so old that neither side remembers what they’re fighting for anymore. As Mali wakes up in her newest life, she suddenly becomes self-aware and starts to question everything, especially why she continues to fight. But elsewhere, Tessa is already on the hunt… Collects issues #1-4.

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Preview: Welcome Back #2 (of 4)

Welcome Back #2 (of 4)

Writer: Christopher Sebela
Artists: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer, Claire Roe

As Tessa flies to America to continue hunting her target, Mali learns the ropes of being a soldier while the memories of hundreds of past lives weigh on her mind.

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Review: Welcome Back #1

WelcomeBack_001_A_MainMali and Tessa have lived hundreds of different lives throughout time, caught up in an eternal cycle as they take part in a war so old that neither side remembers what they’re fighting for anymore. As Mali wakes up in her newest life, she suddenly becomes self-aware and starts to question everything, especially why she continues to fight. But elsewhere, Tessa is already on the hunt…

Neither side remembers what they’re fighting for… that to me feels so appropriate for this first issue, because through a lot of it, I wasn’t quite sure what was going on. Without the above solicit text, I’d have come out of the first issue confused and debating whether to continue on when the second issue hits stands.

Written by Christopher Sebela, Welcome Back #1 is an interesting debut that throws you into the comic, and definitely does not spend time explaining things. Instead it jumps around time hoping we’ll pick up on the text hinting as to what’s going on. By the end of the issue it’s a bit clearer as to what’s going on, but not spelled out, and totally baffled as to the why. And seriously, without that solicit text, I’d have been pretty damn lost.

The art by Jonathan Brandon Sawyer is a plus. Each character is very unique, and there’s some variation in body types and styles. My one negative is that some of the action isn’t clear enough to see exactly what’s going on.

Overall, this does sound like it’ll be a cool concept, and I do want to see where it goes, I’m just not sure this debut makes me want to do that monthly instead of waiting until it’s collected as a trade.This is one I think will be a better read once it’s out in trade and you can read it in one sitting.

Story: Christopher Sebela Art: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer
Story: 6 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6 Recommendation: Pass

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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