Comic Review – God Hates Astronauts #1

Adam reads as many comics as he can afford. Every week he is going to attempt a mini review of his favourite one, with potential minor spoilers.

This week I picked up God Hates Astronauts #1, the first of a five issue mini-series. It was written and drawn by Ryan Browne, with colours by Jordan Boyd and letters by Chris Crank and Ryan Browne, published by Image Comics.

Where to start? God Hates Astronauts involves astro-farmers, who are in love with chickens-turned- Frankenstein’s monster-style creations, trying to find their way to the ‘Golden Moon Heaven’ using shoddily built rockets. NASA doesn’t want them doing any of that, so they send star bears and the Power Persons Five, headed up by Star Grass (a cosmic ghost warrior created by the merging of the headless body of the hero Star Fighter, and a ghost cow head called Blue Grass) to put a stop to them. There are also crab people in a different galaxy, who are angered by one of the astro-farmers’ rockets crashing into and destroying one of their ships. They are ruled by Tigers. Eating cheeseburgers.

If any of that doesn’t sound great to you, I don’t know, maybe you just hate fun or something. It is actually a continuation of a previous series by Browne, which I haven’t read (I will after having read this, you can buy the whole thing in trade paperback or read it on the GHA website), but the back story is summed up in two pages by ‘3-D Cowboy’ pretty succinctly. I can’t really adequately describe this comic, but god damn I enjoyed it. It was the funniest thing I have read in a long while, the story made just about as much sense as it needed to, the dialogue was laden with unnecessary profanity and the all the characters are totally ridiculous. The art was a lot of fun too, with heavy line work and really nice and vibrant colours making The Impossible’s insane powers look particularly good. I loved the brilliant sound effects too, like ‘MARITAL STRIFE!’, ‘SPACE COLLISION!’ and ABOUT TO CLICK!’.

Fantastic stuff. Buy it. Now.

Score: 9.5 Tigers Eating Cheeseburgers out of 10

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