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Based on the animated Comedy Central series by the same name, Brickleberry opens in a post-apocalyptic wasteland where a lonesome survivor named Steve, takes on his bovine overlords in a last ditch attempt to save mankind from the cow apocalypse. He gets transported back in time to kill the man responsible for Earth’s destruction, a park ranger named Woody, his former boss.
This is in no uncertain terms a book for the fans of the show. It posits itself as a continuation of the series, picking up the story where the show ended following its season 3 finale. The humor present throughout the book is a perfect imitation of the animated series, which is to be expected since series creators Waco O’Guin and Roger Black wrote this issue. While some of the personality brought by the voice cast is lost, the comedic style still remains. The art style is also reminiscent of the show, though some of texture is gone so it comes across a tad less appealing in a book format.
The book has one main strength, which is also its biggest weakness. It rather unabashedly copies the crude and wacky humor of the original cartoon without ever stopping to introduce new readers to the premise or sugarcoat its comedic styling. This is a strength in the eyes of those most likely to enjoy this comic, though a huge weakness for those curious about the concept. While it’s not hard to follow the by-the-numbers time travel parody that functions as its main plot, it gets tricky to pick up on the subtleties of some of the jokes if you’re not familiar with the show’s history. This might be an unavoidable flaw in an adaptation like this, but a noteworthy weakness to point out nonetheless.
Beyond the inherent issues with adapting a show like this to a new format, Brickleberry continues the comedic style present throughout the show’s three season run on Comedy Central. The art feels fitting for the material, though it fails to really stand out as something that adds anything special to the comic. Much like a lot of other comics that run as continuations of previously existing properties, this is a comic made for fans. People that enjoyed the original show are likely to get a kick out of this issue, whereas people that didn’t enjoy the show won’t find anything to enjoy with this new format either.
Brickleberry #1 earns a respectable 6.5 out of 10.