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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics (April 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582405727
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582405728
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Kirkman is a New York Times bestselling author known for being the cultural zeitgeist of the comic book industry. He maintains one prerogative in every undertaking: quality. It is Kirkman's belief that good people who produce good writing and good ideas make comics people love. Kirkman was recently made partner at Image Comics, and continues to revive the industry with refreshing new characters. AMC is adapting his bestselling series, The Walking Dead, into a TV series (set to debut in October 2010), and his books are among the most popular on the iPhone and iPad's "Comics" app.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Koppel on July 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
Oswald is the Pope. He claims he is not the most Christian Pope. He drinks, smokes, and sleeps around with the ladies. But things get worse when the Rapture occurs and almost everyone is left behind. The doors of hell have opened and demons poured fourth. After a horrible war a truce was reached. This is the world Oswald now lives in. But there is a problem and God needs a little help from the Pope.

Saint Michael has been captured by Lucifer. If Oswald rescues him he gets a pass into Heaven (his only chance of entry). Oswald is helped with a new build and a sidekick named Jesus Christ. With the forces of hell lined up against him, the Pope must face many hardships and battles. Can a sinning pope and a spaced-out savior stop the plans of Lucifer and save the day? You will have to read the book to find out.

This book is just wacky enough to be brilliant. The Pope has some of the best lines I have read in a long time. Crude and smart at the same time with a dash of slapstick. I can see how someone could be offended by the portrayal of certain sacred characters but for those who can put offence aside there is a real fun ride between these covers. Check it out.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lacey on April 18, 2007
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I bought this comic as a leap of faith, no pun intended. After reading The Walking Dead and Invicible (two of my favorite comic book titles) I became a Kirkman fan for life. Battle Pope didn't discourage me from this, but I will not be buying volume 2 and on. I believe it is his first comic and it shows. The humor is not nearly as smart, and the story is not current Kirkman quality. It is interesting as a Krikman fan, but definately not his best - or even his 2nd, 3rd, 4th best... work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Torres on August 30, 2007
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Battle Pope is amazing! Probably not for you religious wackos, but for anyone with a decent sense of humor or any Kirkman fans, this series is a must. The series only gets better as it progresses, as does Kirkman's work in general, and yet, this is still magnificent. If you get offended by people making a mockery of religion, you should probably steer away from this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jaime Villalobos on December 21, 2012
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I have read this in my computer before, however, I wanted a physical copy. And boy I love it. Blasphemy at its best. I'm not a huge fan of Kirkman's work but this is the first comic I ever bought from his collection. I totally recommend it if you want to piss off Catholics.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Silveraxe on January 4, 2007
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Battle Pope is one of the few comics that got me hooked up to! It's hilarious! But of course, you probably have to be not too religious to enjoy this to it's full extent. Great drawings, funny story and characters.
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This book is so entertaining and hilarious, especially for a recovering Catholic like me. Just get this. My only gripe is with the construction. The binding isn't holding and the pages separate too much. I have the other volumes and didn't find this to be true. Amazon was great about replacing it but had the same issues with the replacement. I'm keeping it anyway, but if you're listening Amazon, can you check this? The books are meant to be reread, everything else is high quality, but the book is falling apart.

That's not a big deal, but enough to keep the rating at 4 instead of 5. But definitely a 5 for content.

If you are a serious evangelist or Christian and offend easily - STAY AWAY. Not for you. But if you have a sick and twisted sense of life, religion in particular, go for it!
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I found Battle Pope: Genesis to be a fun, quick read, well worth the reasonable cover price. Like many, I first became a loyal fan of Robert Kirkman's through his Walking Dead and Invincible comics. Battle Pope is very different from those titles. As you might imagine it is totally over the top! It reminds me of the Lobo comics DC put out in the 1990s....just more extreme! Not for the easily offended! The evolution of Tony Moore's art is interesting to follow and the behind the scenes bits in the sketchbook section were really well done (I usually find that stuff underwhelming at best but they really did a nice job here). The comparisons of the original cover art to the modified covers was nice to see. Also I had no idea Kirkman did layouts on this (or any other) series.
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By Tom Knapp VINE VOICE on March 11, 2014
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Battle Pope: Genesis will really piss off a lot of people. It's sacrilegious to the furthest extreme, filled with heretical notions about the days on Earth after God has claimed the righteous; only the bad folks remain, along with a few hordes from Hell who invaded the mortal coil once the interdimensional walls came down.

If you're worried that God will smite you for reading this trash, kindly direct your attention elsewhere. Green Lantern is fun. But if you can approach religious topics with a sense of humor and believe that God enjoys a good bellylaugh, too, you might find yourself secretly enjoying this motherlode of action-packed entertainment.

by Tom Knapp, the Rambles.NET guy
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