Poet at Large Reviews, Schlock Mercenary, Emperor Pius Dei   Leave a comment

my first encounter with the web comic Schlock Mercenary was in 2005 when I met Creator Howard Tayler at a Science Fiction convention.  At the time I was just not interested in getting involved with a “web comic”.  I thought it was a waste of time, but later I found out how mistaken I was.

Almost a year later I ran into Howard again at Life The Universe and Everything (aka LTUE) in Provo, UT.  At that time I got more of a chance to hear what the plot of Schlock Mercenary was all about.  There was a long standing evolving plot.  At that time there were over five years of story, updated every day.  There were jokes that were an absolute riot about things I can’t even begin to list.  My favorite involved an exploding plasgun that was vulnerable to alcohol because it was the Mormon model and not the Irishman.

I went back to my life after the symposium and delved right into the archives because I needed laughs.  I needed them badly.  It took me a long time to read all the archives because I could not just sit all day and read them, but I was hooked.  Now it’s 2012 and I can’t live without my Schlock fix  Every few days I pull up the site and read.  I have all the volumes of collected strip that are out there.

Last year’s Emperor Pius Dei takes me back to the point where I entered the strip with character Ellen “Elf” Foxworthy’s shopping trip and Glamor Assault.  I still love what she does with the host of Glamor Assault’s camera.  There are some shows with that idea that everyone has to dress a certain way that I would love to find a way to take them off the airwaves.  On top of taking us back through the old strips the book has a bonus story that was never on the web site Dues Ex Nauseum.  This story gives a better idea of what self proclaimed god Petey has to do to manipulate the worlds of the cosmos to his end goal as well as telling what happened to retired mercenary John Des Trihs. I found it to be enlightening, clearly thought and as fun to read as the daily strip.

In a couple of month Howard will be releasing volume eight The Sharp end of the Stick.  Family tradition says I get it for Christmas, but I will be wanting it every month till then.

If you have never read Schlock Mercenary please go to schlockmercenary.com and enjoy every strip in the archive.  As the warning sign Howard sales says, “Warning, Habit Forming Web Comic, Deep Archives, Productivity Will Suffer.”

From The Poet’s Mouth,

Lyda Mae Dameron


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