One Punch Reviews #87: Battlecroc
Battlin’ animals seem all the rage these days. And the more inappropriate, the better. Pokemon probably started the rage, what with its rats and lizards and … um … mimes all bread for battlin’. The trend has spread to webcomics as well. 2012, for example, saw the Eisner Award go to Battlepug, which, as its title suggests, is about a pug that battles. That, of course, is part of its humor. Who expects a pug to battle? They look like sad little children, more likely to be begging for handouts than to be bathed in the blood of war.
And cuddle unassuming animals are once again at the forefront in Bryan Fleming’s Battlecroc. That’s right, thouse friendly long-snouted fellows that Steve Irwin used to pal around with (until his unfortunate demise at the end of the frightening tail of the stingray) are portrayed as unlikely warriors in a world that hoas gone to the birds.
(That’s right. Again with the bird-bashing. Hasn’t the Angry Birds franchise done enough damage by portraying these feathered hacky-sacks as being in a permanent state of utmost surliness?)
Battlecroc stars Battlecroc, who is a crocodile but with opposible thumbs. Also, a sword. That means bad news, especially if you’re a bird. Battlecroc swings his sword and beheads birds like he’s your grandparents back at the family farm in Montana. Or, you know, splits them lengthwise (no easy feat, given the narrow surface cross-sectional area and the dense bone mass in the neck region), then lops off their wings to make an escape. I imagine that last part is inspired the Native American belief that no part of the animal should ever go to waste. This, incidentally, applies to Battlecroc himself, who chops off the end of his own tail so he can use the bone as a lockpick.
They say that crocodiles are known for their smiles, so it’s a shocker that Battlecroc is such an angry croc. Why so serious, Battlecroc? We’re not given much of story as of yet. However, we know that there are several factions just beyond reptiles/amphibians and birds. We see Battlecroc fighting with frogs and iguanas by his side. Later, he meets an avian ally named Malin, who tells Battlecroc that the jays had no part in the the current conflict. So who is behind all this specieist strife between the scaly ones and the feathered fiends? The story has yet to reveal itself. Know this though, reader: Battlecroc, it seems, was betrayed.
Fleming has a rather loose style that seems graffiti-inspired. It looks nice on skateboards. It also gives Battlecroc a sense of cartooniness. Sure, we’ve got a grim warrior bloodily hacking his enemies down, but there’s a sort of dark comedy undercurrent running about it when his enemies are all bug-eyed and the warrior looks like someone drawn by an excitable third-grader who just watched Ninja Turtles. There’s unfortunately not much of a story now despite Battlecroc being over a year old, but if Fleming’s blog is any indication, he should be boning up on future installments.
Get it? Boning up? Like that lockpick made of Battlecroc’s tailbone? I went there.
Final Grade: 3 stars (out of 5).
Posted on December 20, 2013, in 3 Stars, action webcomic, adventure webcomic, fantasy webcomic, funny animal webcomic, furry webcomic, One Punch Reviews, The Webcomic Overlook, webcomics. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.