Butcher Baker, Righteous Maker is one weird comic series.
I don’t even know where to begin to initiate a new reader into starting this book. It is absolutely bat-sh– crazy. The protagonist of the tale, a retired All-American superhero named Butcher Baker, spends his time in what appears to be endless orgies, longing for the chance to once again kick butt and take names. He’s brought back into active duty by Jay Leno and Dick Cheney to eliminate all of the baddies he put away prior to his retirement because, well, the American taxpayers are tired of paying for their prison stays. So, of course, Baker feels the only way to do this is to blow up the prison said criminals currently reside in.
Yeah . . .
It gets even weirder from there.
Butcher Baker, Righteous Maker #8 is the culmination of the first story-arc of the series – and it’s a really surreal culmination. It ties up loose ends in some imaginative ways and creates a new status quo for Butcher Baker himself. It’s a fun and surreal read, but one that will lose you if you are not familiar with the series. If anything is the problem with the series, written by prolific comic writer Joe Casey and drawn by Mike Huddleston, it’s that not one issue of this series gives a new reader the ability to jump in at any point and truly digest everything that’s going on. The series is frenetic, madcap, and surreal, and Issue #8 is truly no exception. If you are new to the series you will legitimately have no clue what is going on.
If you are into, or think you could be into, a really surreal and raunchy take on the superhero genre then you should give Butcher Baker, Righteous Maker #8 a try – as soon as you read Butcher Baker, Righteous Maker Issues #1 – 7. You will then enjoy Issue #8 to the fullest of your ability. You will also appreciate Joe Casey’s insane vision of All-American superheroes that is really a spoof of Comedian from Watchmen and Captain America and Mike Huddleston’s insanely stylized and pop-art-like art visuals, visuals that really convey the insane plot of the series well and amplify Casey’s words that much more.
If you’re going to be entertained you might as well get the whole story and not just the ending, am I right?