Badger #47-48

71w2btjkoicl._ac_sy445_Is it overly snarky of me to say that the best thing about these two issues is that I accidentally spilled a glass of water on them and therefore, I don’t have to contemplate the ranking and can just chuck them in the recycling bin?

The story is something about Amazon Nuns in the Jungle (I guess that’s the sequel to Amazon Women on the Moon) who are watching baddies just destroy the environment, so they send a carrier bird to Badger and company.  Our heroes head down into the jungle, wear all sorts of camo, and the nuns–some of whom are men in habits–load up their weapons alongside them to win the day.  Oh, and there’s a polka-dotted panther who plays charades?

Look, I realize that this book–and especially this storyline–is supposed to be out-there ridiculous.  In fact, there are a few points that are very Paul Verhoven.  But whereas Verhoven is using RoboCop as a sort of commentary on or satire of society, I’m not sure what, if anything, is being ridiculed.  The Badger continues to be a zaaaanyyy type of guy, and I’m not really seeing much in the way of character development as we close in on issue #50.  Granted, he is askin to The Punisher or Wolverine, where you don’t expect much life-changing stuff to happen in a story.

And Frank Castle is a good comparison here, because it was right around this time (or maybe a year or two prior–I’m too lazy to go do the research here) that Mike Baron was writing the ongoing Punisher series for Marvel.  Those were great books.  He wrote Frank as a driven, even slightly disturbed man who was obviously haunted by the trauma of his past.  But in the comics I’ve read, Baron handles that deftly and with some subtlety.  The Badger has none of that and as I’ve been saying this whole time, that works against it.

All of this is to say that I needed to fill a few paragraphs and even now, this is way too short of a review.  I have somewhere between 15-20 issues of the series left from here on out, so at least there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

Keep, Sell, Donate, or Trash?


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