'Steampunk Palin' Comic More Insane Than You Imagined
Jan 20th 2011 By: Chris Murphy
You're wrong. You're absolutely wrong. It's at least ten times more insane than that. You don't believe me? You want proof? Fine, here's the first piece of evidence. When you open the cover and see the table of contents, you get this:
But not as much as this guy does:
Yes, Obama blew up in the explosion too, and is now part machine and called "Robama." By the way, the guy talking to him is John McCain and he has a robot arm.
Anyway, they network a bunch of robots that can be controlled by Palin's robot body and they all go off to save the world from the evil oil/nuke organization. And of course the Russians, who, as Robama informs us, have assembled a force along their border with Alaska.
You may have noticed, as I did through the blood slowly weeping out of my eyes, that so far this book seems more like Cyberpunk Palin than Steampunk Palin. The book's creators noticed too, so they had them put on disguises.
Incidentally those costumes -- the only ones they have -- strongly appear to be left over from a production of "Our American Cousin." You know, the play where this happened:
They then defeat the evil organization run by the the oil/nuke conglomerate. Whose soldiers kind of dress like Cobra. And which is led by Al Gore.
That's followed by the aforementioned pages upon pages of pin-ups, which continue the book's cash-in on the fetishization of Sarah Palin, a phenomenon that continues to leave me baffled. Yes, if we're limiting ourselves to the standards of "most physically attractive political figure," I'm sure Sarah Palin does quite well. When she's compared to the general population, I guess she looks pretty good for a woman in her mid-forties. But what crazy person imposes that first set of standards on themselves? "Oh I'm sorry, I can't find someone sexually attractive unless they've gained a plurality of votes in an election for state or national office, so I'm ecstatic Palin came along. So long, Barbara Boxer!"
This isn't first century BC Egypt, when having an attractive leader might theoretically provide some kind of geo-political advantage vis a vis our standing with the Romans. I don't want to see a drawing of the former Governor of Alaska in what appears to be a leather bustier and garters. And even the non-sexual pin-ups manage to be disturbing, like the one that appears to try to depict Palin as both steampunk and non-steam
This book is bad. There's no getting around that. How bad? Well, to be honest when my jaw wasn't dropping so hard I was worried for the safety of my downstairs neighbors, I was laughing pretty hysterically at the events of the 15-page story for reasons I'm going to go ahead and assume are not intended by the authors. Thus, I'm not afraid to declare Steampunk Palin to be so bad it's good. (See graph below)
If you consider yourself a devoted gatherer of such oddities, your collection is not complete without it. But that does not diminish the fact that this book is insane. By reading this book, I have become less sane. By having me relate this book to you, you have become less sane. By being printed onto paper, Steampunk Palin has made the world a less sane place than it was before.