NUNS WITHOUT GUNS
Written by Jason M. Burns and Drawn by Erich Owen
Published by Viper Comics
Reviewed by Marc Mason
The Church has done many things to fight evil over the centuries, and has many great warriors do battle in God’s name. But Sisters Marie, Francis, Wendy and Bertha are different than most; the majority of religion’s staunch defenders have always been men. It’s a new era in doing the Lord’s work, and these four nuns are just the ass-kickers to do the job. However, when a cult takes a stab at raising the Antichrist, even these mighty soldiers might just have more on their plate than they can handle.
I’ve referred to Jason M. Burns as “master of the high concept” so many times that even I want to slap me, but he truly is and proves it again with NUNS WITHOUT GUNS. Like much of Burns’ work, it reads like a summer tentpole flick put to paper; catchy concept with a clever hook, characters that the audience can quickly and easily identify and root for, slow build to a pulse-pounding finish. All Burns usually needs is an artist that won’t get in the way of his story, and Erich Owen does exactly that. The pages aren’t flashy, the storytelling is solid (if un-dramatic), and the level of detail is mid-level. But nothing here offends the eye, either, and you can smoothly operate your way through the story for max enjoyment.
It’s also reasonably rare to find a modern piece of pop culture that approaches religion without a sense of irony or wariness; there’s a sincerity to NUNS WITHOUT GUNS that you might not expect from its title. That’s played out well on the last page of the book, when, given a chance to allow his leads to break character, they instead respond in the most appropriate fashion possible to their situation. Will this book challenge your perceptions or change the way you think about comics? Of course not. Will it entertain you for the time spent reading it? You bet. That gets my eight bucks every time.