"Rip and tear your guts! You are huge! That means you have huge guts! Rip and tear!" - Doomguy
I'm tempted to simply provide a link to the scanned in images of this sixteen page comic based on the videogame Doom and leave it at that, as then you won't need me to tell you how mganificent it is. But that would be cheating,and some of you might (somehow) be immune to it's considerable charms. So discuss we shall. It's a comic about a videogame. And when I am not sitting about eating biscuits and reading comics, I am sitting about eating biscuits and playing videogames. I don't feel guilty about posting a link to the full issue though. No creator will be losing money because of it, this was a freebie given away at a videogame convention in 1996, then in an anthology boxset collecting all the Doom games up until then that same year. For the few of you who might lead more productive lives than I do (and eat fewer biscuits), the Doom games belong to a genre called First Person Shooters, where you view the action as if the screen were your eyes.
|Still one of gaming's best shotguns!|
Doomguy: "Huh? Whuzzat? Whuzzat? I like what I see! An important looking door... knock knock. Who's there? Me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, ME!"
|Alas spine removal is not an option in the series yet...|
The answer to that is to have your protagonist be an musclebound lunatic with the soul of a poet who verbalises every thought no matter how ridiculous they sound. The protagonist isn't given a name, so everyone uses the nickname "Doomguy" when talking about the protagonist of the original games. People have wondered if this comic was meant as a joke or was meant quite seriously. But look at the credits behind the comic: Michael 'Splatter' Stewart, Steve 'Body Bag' Behling, Tom 'Gallows' Grindberg and Edd 'Dead' Fear. Those are not the credits of men who are expecting to be taken seriously. I'd love to own a physical copy of this comic, I'd frame it and put it on the wall as the centrepiece of my comic collection. Alas, eBay prices are ridiculous for it so I'll have to make do with the virtual copy for now.
Doomguy: "Ahhh! Chainsaw! The great communicator! Allow me to communicate the desire to have your guns. C'mere boys. I got somethin' to say!"
|The chainsaw never gets old.|
Doomguy:"At this particular moment in time I don't believe I have a healthier or more deeply held respect for any object in the universe than this here shotgun."
|I'll say it again. The shotty owns.|
Doomguy: "Stupid! Stupid! Stupid imp! You're stupid! And you're gonna be stupid and dead! Dance! Dance bone daddy"
|The Berserker powerup can be more trouble than it's worth|
Doomgoy: "Now I'm radioactive. That can't be good.Why can't we find a way to safely dispose of radioactive waste and protect the enviroment? Even if I personally stop this alien invasion. What kind of planet will we be leaving to our children? And our childrens children and... Oh the humanity!"
|Pfft Doomguy is too manly to suffer from radiation poisoning|
Doomguy: "There! The most beautiful sight any soldier can behold.. the gun. The big gun.. Death surrounds me. yet in my head I hear something that sounds like angels. Lo. I have found the Holy Grail of firepower! Mine eyes can but weep as they bear witness to the majesty.. the BFG 9000!"
Yes, the BFG 9000 is the ultimate goal, of both this comic's protagonist and anyone playing the game. It has barely any ammo, so you want to save it for the really tough monsters, and in a multi-player game it's a guaranteed one hit kill. My one complaint about the comic would be that it does not accurately portray the sheer, monumental destructive power of the BFG. Here it looks like a super shotgun blast when actually it fires a huge green blob of molten death that can take out several enemies at once.
|Quest complete, the BFG will make short work of what's left|
Damn right *insert manly grunt here* Anyway, the comic is completely daft but has humour and charm. The artwork is perfunctory, but more than made up for by the hilarious script. If it was meant seriously, then that's even better because that would elevate it into high camp. But either way, this comic is one of the better ones based on a videogame mainly because it sticks so closely to the games formula, the lack of storyline in the game itself forcing a simple but effective structure to the (hahaha) "narrative". I'll be checking out some more comics based off videogame properties at some point in the future, and really none of them accurately portray the experience of playing the game they are based on as well as this Doom comic. "Groovy".
|They killed everyone you loved and your little dog too.|