Following in the footsteps of Heavy Metal Magazine comes BATTLEPUG written and illustrated by Mike Norton (Scatterbrain). You can never tell what to take seriously and what not in this fantastical tale of vengeance, sexy women and magic. Battlepug is a story told by “Moll” a young girl who likes to lie around naked and tell stories to her two dogs Colfax and Mingo. Who Moll is and where she lives and in what time is never made clear to us, but what we do know is that they use a modern vernacular, have great haircuts and oh yeah dogs can talk here. Magical enough for you? We follow Moll down the rabbit hole as she weaves a tale of vengeance about a man (his name is never given) who’s people had been wiped out by a giant harp seal (cutest little bugger really). While wounded and lying on his back in the snow post carnage he sees the face of the man who destroyed his world, mounted on a horse and looking down at him from a cliff, how he orchestrated this decimation we still don’t know. This sends him on a quest to find the creature and the man and kill them both. Along the way we meet a host of characters among these Kris-mutha-effin-kringle, who isn’t the jolly ol fat man we’ve grown to love. Without giving too much away he teams up with a crazy old man (who’s people had been annihilated by a frog) and a huge Pug who he reluctantly takes in. The three set out on what has no longer become a quest of vengeance, but one of trying to find out what the man’s role is in relation to his world.
Okay…let’s start out with the name of this series BATTLEPUG…hokey? Not really when you consider how cleverly it all fits into this wild world. This story is not meant to be taken too seriously. It’s meant to entertain while giving you a bit of that teenage D&D vibe you grew up with or at least I grew up with. The hero and his mindless thirst for blood is the stuff all good stories are made off, because you and I both know that there’s redemption and sooner or later our hero will have to stop thinking about himself and more about others. It doesn’t elude to whether Moll (narrator) is related to this hero, but something tells me she is, she just looks of the same cloth. I love all the beautiful colors and this piece and how every panel has a flawless level of continuity. I also love how Mike is blending myths and leaving no stone unturned. I mean who even touches Santa Claus and makes him a tyrant of all things…risky? Hell no! That’s how you get shit done when you reinvent and genre bend. Not to say I was even close to putting this book down early in my read, but (SPOILER) when I saw our hero getting rescued by elves and then brought to the north pole “you had me at hello”. Love…love…love what Mikes doing with this series. Bringing that level of fun and naughtiness back to comic books. I will even go as far as to say I would be down for watching this movie in 3D. Bah-lee dat!!