The problem with titles run by a single creator is that it’s often a very unique offering. Ryan Browne’s ownership of God Hates Astronauts #6 is a prime example. On one hard, it’s quite frankly brilliant and full of a very unique sense of humor. On the other hand, if you don’t like this, there isn’t much else for you to enjoy.
The official description from Image:
Part one of a brand new story arc! King Tiger Eating a Cheeseburger’s invasion of Earth is in full swing and all hope seems lost! Good thing some new cosmic strangers just showed up with space maces!
In terms of plot, it’s hard to tell where one arc ends and another starts. This issue might feel like it’s starting off something new, but the continuation means there’s no distinct break in the fast and loose action. Still, that’s not a bad thing, as the issue keeps going with everything that makes it unique.
As far as the humor and fast-paced storytelling goes, Ryan Browne is very much on form. There are a few parts to the writing, however, which feel out of place. Some actions happen so quickly, with a host of new characters and puns, that it doesn’t last long enough to make an impact. Quick and quirky is often the way to go for God Hates Astronauts, but it means a lot to take in in the long run.
Visually, Browne’s artwork ties into the less-than-serious nature of the title. While Browne’s pencils clearly belay and understanding for art, he exagerates and emphasises what is important. This is, perhaps, made all the more better by colors courtesy of Jordan Boyd, popping out the right elements in vibrant colors against the more bleak browns that make up the majority of the pages.
In short, this series is still going strong. Sure, it likes to distract itself in various corners, but there are so many jokes and ideas being thrown around that its hard not to like the final product.