Comic Review – Holy F*cked #1 (Action Lab: Danger Zone)

Adam reads as many comics as he can afford. Every week he reviews of one of them, with potential minor spoilers.

Last week writer Nick Marino very kindly sent over a digital copy of Holy F*cked #1, the start of a follow up miniseries to his previous Holy F*ck that he created with artist Daniel Arruda Massa (and I reviewed here earlier this year). Holy F*cked was out last week on September 9th, published by Action Lab: Danger Zone.

holy2After saving the world from Zeus and his evil pantheon of Gods, Jesus, Satan and Sister Maria have all moved on with their lives. While Maria works in what looks like a homeless shelter, Jesus and Satan, now a loving couple, celebrate some exciting and confusing news. All while Jesus does some pretty awesome skate tricks. Meanwhile at Mount Olympus, Hercules sits on the deserted throne of his father. Hell-bent on revenge for Zeus’s death, he heads to LA to disrupt this new idyllic life and to murder his father’s killer – Jesus Christ.

As with the mini series that preceded it, Holy F*cked is a sacrilegious, insane and ridiculous comic that can and will offend people, but only if you don’t have a sense of humour. I don’t know why Jesus is a pro-skater now, or why Satan is a stay at home husband, but it’s hilarious so it really doesn’t matter. This first issue largely deals with catching up with the characters in aftermath of the previous series, and setting up where this mini will go. Marino’s story is brisk, and the dialogue is funny and sharp, if a little crass at points (not that it’s a problem at all), to the extent that the writing is even stronger here.

Aruda Massa’s exaggerated cartoony style, already lot of fun to look at, has improved too for Holy F*cked. The skateboarding JC looks excellent (and I always enjoy overly descriptive sound effects like ‘LAND!’), and I’ve never seen so much… detail on the Son of God.

Holy F*cked #1 is another hysterical comic from Marino and Arruda Massa, continuing the adventures of Jesus, Satan and Maria while improving on what made the previous series work so well. Hilarious, borderline offensive and blasphemous (the holy trinity!), if you enjoy irreverent takes on deities then you should really check this out. Find it in last week’s comics section at your LCS today, or look for it on your preferred digital comics doodad. Check out the collection of Holy F*ck while you’re at it!

Score: 8 Kick Flips out of 10

Advanced Comic Review – Holy F*ck #2

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

Following up from my review of the first issue of Holy Fuck back in January, writer Nick Marino sent us over a copy of #2 for us to check out too, in advance of its release this Wednesday. This is the second of a four issue mini series from Action Lab: Danger Zone, written by Nick Marino and drawn by Daniel Arruda Massa.

Holy Fuck is the story of the nun Maria, Jesus and Satan trying to stop a cabal of other deities led by Zeus and Isis who are trying to bring about the apocalypse. After a fairly blasphemous reunion between Jesus and Satan, Satan reveals that he has been investigating the gods’ plan – to reignite human worship by causing global nuclear Armageddon. As Satan says, holding up a shotgun, “I say we trash those assholes before they can fuck us over!” And Jesus agrees. Meanwhile, Zeus and Isis plot to capture Maria, and get her to spill her comrades’ plan to stop them. They use the Wendigo, who grabs her from the convenience store as she was picking up beer and cupcakes, and they tie her up to question her. This leads us back to the start of the first issue, with Jesus arriving via motorcycle (via UFO) a to rescue Maria from those dastardly gods.

This comic continues to be ridiculous fun, with most of the comedic weight coming from the machismo-tinged dialogue from Jesus and Satan. Jesus and his relationships with others continues to be intentionally offensive, but if you’re likely to be offended by it  you’re probably not reading a series called Holy Fuck. This does feel like a bit of an exposition issue, and as such the forward motion of the story does suffer, but it is forgiveable as it is a second issue. With regards to the art from Massa, it continues to be bold and expressive, with some of the best work being on the overly sinister scheming faces for Isis and Zeus, and in particular the hilariously out of place portrait of a naked Zeus above their dinner table.

Holy Fuck is definitely worth picking up, it’s a very funny book and is delightfully sacrilegious. This issue is a bit slower, as serves to flesh out the plot (necessarily) and gets us back to the opening of the first issue, but is still a lot of fun. Grab Holy Fuck #2 this Wednesday (March 4th), and pick up issue #1 if you haven’t already from your LCS or digitally.

Score: 7 Chocolate Cupcakes out of 10

Comic Review – Holy F*ck #1

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

This week I picked up Holy Fuck #1, the first issue of a new four issue mini series from Action Lab: Danger Zone, written by Nick Marino and drawn by Daniel Arruda Massa, mainly because it looked funny and fairly different from everything else I’m reading at the moment.

Holy Fuck stars Jesus Christ, a nun named Sister Maria and Satan in the modern day, as they team up to prevent an upcoming apocalypse. Sister Maria saw this armageddon in a dream, machinated by a group of deities led by Zeus and Isis. This first issue opens up with Jesus rushing to rescue Maria from the gods on motorbike, looking like a long haired John McClane, bursting through the window in a hail of bullets. We then flash back a week, when Maria tracked Jesus down in Tokyo, finding him in a brothel with two naked women, while smoking meth and watching tentacle porn. Immensely disappointed in her saviour, but following her dream they fly to New Jersey, they find a bar owned by Satan himself, and it appears he and Jesus have some history that was left out of the bible…

Marino writes a fun, ridiculous story with a tight script in Holy Fuck. It was almost certainly intentionally blasphemous (not that I’m at all bothered by blasphemy), and it almost errs more on trying to tow that line than being as funny as it could be. Despite that, there are decent laughs to be had here, and I found the ‘Holy Fuck Origins Story’ retelling the resurrection at the end very funny. The art from Massa is expressive and cartoonish (in a good way), with the characters themselves all looking unique and humorous: Jesus is a muscle bound 80s action star, while Satan looks quite a bit like Tobias Fünke.

This was a fun read, and overall should be a very funny mini series. I’m interested to see how the deities try to bring about the apocalypse, and what the protagonists of Holy Fuck do to prevent it. Check it out at your LCS or digital comics platform.

8 El Diablos out of 10