God Hates Astronauts might be the craziest book Image Comics is currently putting out. That insanity continued last week with the release of Ryan Browne’s God Hates Astronauts #2. Readers join 3-D Cowboy as we learn about the humble beginnings of Doctor Professor and the imminent threats to our planet. It’s more absurd fun and a great follow-up to last month’s issue.
The issue opens on a flashback featuring Doctor Professor and his first day at Nasa. It also happens to be the day that Buzz Owldrin and Seal Armstrong are walking on the moon. The two are drinking and Seal is playing golf when the Crab Armada shows up. In the modern time, Doctor Professor is trying to prove that the invasion from the Crab Nebula is inevitable. He’s living with the Anti-Mugger and Craymok, two ex-members of the Powers Persons 5. The story goes on to involve a babysitting disaster, a mugging gone awry, and a ghost haunting Gnarled Winslow.
The story continues to be strange, but it never gets too strange to follow. There’s plenty of story here beneath the chaotic humor filling every panel. The issue does an admirable job of advancing the plot while bringing to life any oddity Browne can imagine. Again he delivers an incredibly humorous script that’s just plain fun to read. You might not laugh at every joke in the book, but there are plenty more you will laugh at.
Browne’s art continues to be fantastic in this issue. There is no other artist who could bring his world to life as vividly. Browne is the master of this universe. His characters all feel unique and are wonderfully detailed. There are a lot of close-ups on the characters and it is here that his work truly shines. The colors by Jordan Boyd bring everything together beautifully.
If you read the first issue of God Hates Astronauts, you should know what you’re in for. The book is insane and fun to read. If you’re new to the book, I would highly suggest checking out the first collection put out by Image Comics last year before jumping in. It’s not necessary, but it will enhance your experience greatly and allow you to fully appreciate the genius of the Blitzkrieg. God Hates Astronauts is not a book anyone should be skipping out on.