GWAR: Orgasmageddon #3 – Hail Oderus!

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The story's a fun bridge between albums for fans, the art continues to be a nice '90s throwback, and look at that Giant-Size X-Men homage on the A-cover!
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After a quick recap page to catch readers up on GWAR’s time-travel antics, the third issue of Matt Miner and Matt Maguire’s mini-series continues fleshing out the band’s latest misadventure.

The second issue of GWAR: Orgasmageddon ended with the Scumdogs of the Universe (i.e. the core members of the band) locked in battle amid the sinking wreckage of the Titanic with a vagina-faced Lovecraftian squid monster fittingly dubbed “The Krakunt.” Our lords and masters’ latest trip into the past resulted in the aforementioned ship’s sinking as a result of a hole torn in its side by the dick-shaped spacecraft they hijacked from current arch-nemesis, Mr. Perfect.

A fair amount of carnage ensues, the beast is defeated, and GWAR finds themselves jumping back in time to 16th-Century Italy, where they cross paths with their bodyguard, The Sexecutioner. In that time period, Sexy is still waiting for the Scumdogs to be unthawed from their Antarctic slumber.

While this addition to the story is welcome enough, the real treat comes a few pages later when GWAR jumps to 1997 and crosses paths with their younger selves — including a still-living Oderus Urungus, whose dialogue is all pulled from tweets, interviews, and movies. As Miner stated regarding the decision, “I didn’t want to put words in the man’s mouth.”

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The issue also once again features a handful of backup stories, including two more following the follies of GWAR’s slaves and one written and drawn by Sleazy P. Martini himself, Don Drakulich.

The art continues to serve up a nice throwback to the ’90s, and the story is bridging the gap from the band’s last album to the upcoming “The Blood of Gods” well with explanations built-in for Oderus’ in-canon death, changes to the characters’ appearances and more. If you like GWAR, this is still a must-buy. If not, did you really read this far?

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Essentially Peter Parker with all the charm of Wolverine, he's a DC-based B2B journalist who occasionally writes about music and pop culture in his free time. His love for comics, metal, and videogames has also landed him gigs writing for the A.V. Club, Comic Book Resources, and Louisville Magazine. Keep him away from the whiskey, and don't ask him how much he hates the Spider-Man movies unless you're ready to hear about his overarching plot for a six-film series that would put the Dark Knight trilogy to shame.