Battlepug is a new comic series, based on a webcomic created by the Eisner Award-winning duo of Mike Norton and Allen Passalaqua.
Don’t be fooled by the “#1” on the cover. The story is a continuation of previous events. While a summary is provided, for new readers it’s clear there is an established history and by going in blind, you are missing some key details. Readers who want to go back and catch up on the previous adventures should checkout Battlepug: The Compugdium.
This reviewer is also new to the series and decided to read it on a whim because of its fun name and cover art.
I do not want to get political, but the comic obviously does, at least a little bit. Fragile political conservatives may be put off from the series, though that wasn’t an issue for me. There is an unapologetic C-class baddie in the first issue, named Coufefe who pledges to “make Ashkum great again!” Coufefe’s character design appears to be a shirtless Putin, wearing a Trump hand puppet. Coufefe is an alternate spelling for covfefe, which was a typo for the word “coverage” in a tweet Trump sent out on May 31, 2017.
In the very short scene, Coufefe is proclaiming himself governor to a less than interested township before a short fight with the Warrior and his pug. This scene elicited a snort-giggle before I and the Warrior both moved on.
Obviously, by now you should know this comic is outrageous and takes fantasy to a different direction than you may have been expecting. The giant battlepug alone should have given you a hint. That said, you might still be surprised to learn the next villain, and a big one appears to be none other than Santa Clause. The Santa Clause. Kris Kringle. Hopefully, you have caught on that this isn’t a series for children.
This character’s name wasn’t dropped in issue one and unfortunately, I have not read the Compugdium of the original web series. They only refer to him as the King of the Northland Elves. However, the setting of his dark lair and depiction make it obvious who he is based on. If you still didn’t want to believe it, the book ends with a cover art page and the title is “War on Christmas”.
The art is a treat for the eyes when it isn’t blood gushing across the page. The use of sunlight in multiple pages and boxes is magical and visually stunning. The artist also captured pugs natural facial expressions. Seriously. My mom’s pug makes those faces.
If you are looking for something a little out there, this series may be for you. I highly recommend going back to read the previous adventures if you plan to get into this new serious.