Nuns with Guns
by Jason M. Burns, Erich Owen (Viper, 2009)

The title, Nuns with Guns, is promising.

When you read this slim volume from Viper Comics, however, it doesn't take long to realize that the four nuns featured in this book don't use guns. Except for one brief scene in which one engages in target practice, they fight solely with holy weapons including a flaming sword, the horn of Jericho and the staves of Moses and Joseph. That just seems like false advertising to me.

Choice of weapons aside, how is this book? Kind of lame, actually. You've got your gymnastic nun, your tech-savvy nun, your super-strong-but-stupid nun and, of course, your leader nun. You have a mysterious, Charlie-like character who calls them on their crucifix radios and gives them assignments in a darkened confessional. And they get to fight a demon, sea monsters and even the Anti-Christ, all without breaking a sweat.

Sad thing is, they never broke a sweat. The story never carried the least bit of tension, so it never got exciting.

At least in this book, no one can complain there's too much T&A. I think you an ankle or two, but that's about it.

Note: I just noticed there's a faint circle-and-slash symbol over the word "with" in the title, so I suppose the book technically is titled Nuns withOUT Guns. That does make the title more accurate. Still's kind of lame, though.

review by
Tom Knapp

19 December 2009

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