Best Comics in July: Hooch Monkeys and Battle Beasts

Once a month the amazing staff at 8th Dimension Comics selects a pile of the best new releases for us to peruse and judge.

Axe Cop #1

I'm convinced that Axe Cop is not so much a comic as a New Testament. Maybe that's because that's what happens when an 8-year-old ends up with a publishing deal from Dark Horse. Starring the eponymous Axe Cop, who has recently been declared President of the World, it's a bizarre collection of strange non sequiturs and heroic battles that makes little sense but entertains like nothing else in comics. Time travel, goo people, gorillas that can shoot volcanoes out of their tails, and a loving God to boot. It's no wonder Fox is turning it into a late-night animated series.

Rating: 8 of 10

The Goon #40

A comic version of Hank Williams Jr. sings us a tale of the Goon and his moonshine-hauling dragster in the Prohibition Era. I'm not going to review this issue. I'm just going to quote my three favorite lines.

"Yep, just goes to show how much trouble one drunk, goat-lovin' pervert can cause the rest of us who enjoy goats in a discreet, civilized way."

"Didst thou not expect that I, the Fallen One, would be summoned forth when thou dost dance the forbidden Charleston, the most erotic of dances?!"

"And lo, did the folks from the hills of Tennessee all the way to them commie California homosexuals who don't believe in Jesus and think Obama is American hear the cry of the wild Hooch Monkey."

Rating: 9 of 10

Battle Beasts #1

Depending on how awesome your childhood was, you're either saying, "Huh?" or "OMG! BATTLE BEASTS!" The series of miniature action figures was one of the greatest toy lines ever released in the '80s, and now IDW is bringing them into a comic series. So far it involves a brave trio dedicated to trying to end the eternal war between the Beasts when they are suddenly teleported to Earth. It's frankly not the most gripping or original story, but it still manages a fair amount of action, and the nostalgia factor is off the chart.

Rating: 6 of 10

KEEP THE HOUSTON PRESS FREE... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Jef Rouner (not cis, he/him) is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
Contact: Jef Rouner