God Hates Astronauts #1

God Hates Astronauts #1

Writer: Ryan Browne Artist: Ryan Browne Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: September 3, 2014 Cover Price: $3.50 Critic Reviews: 24 User Reviews: 12
8.5Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

RYAN BROWNE's (THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS, BEDLAM) farcical cult-sensation returns with a new story perfect for new readers!

A NASA funded group of arrogant "super people" must stop a rash of farmers that have been using rocket-powered silos to launch themselves into outer space! As these Astro-Farmers fire themselves all over the galaxy, NASA must utilize their every resource (a guy with a ghost-cow head, a bunch of magic bears, and a Chicago cop with robot arms) to avoid an intergalactic incident!

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Nick Philpott Jul 22, 2014

    When you want zany action and fun, with hilarious dialogue and gorgeous art, you come to Ryan Browne and get your copy of God Hates Astronauts. When you want that boring other bullshit, you and Dr. Professor can go get fucked. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Rhymes With Geek - Nikki Sherman Sep 2, 2014

    There was a comic creator who had a series, and God Hates Astronauts was its name-o. And it's anything but lame-o. Instant buy, people. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Matt Deery Sep 1, 2014

    If you want to take a break from the Spandex melodrama or the usual grim fair that comics can deal with this is book for you. It's the kind of book where you can put your feet up and laugh your ass off for 20 minutes without worrying about anything outside of the jokes and sometimes you need this kind of book. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Multiversity Comics - David Henderson Sep 4, 2014

    There's not a lot more I can say about "God Hates Astronauts" as a whole. It's funny, it's crass, it's absurd, it manages to pack more gut-busting laughs into a 30 page comic than some do in an entire series and it's all tied up in the bow of seeing this series evolve into a one-two punch of being funny and a well-told story. It could very easily have been the case that this was an idea that didn't translate well when expanded out into a full issue, but, thankfully, the opposite true and it's mostly thanks to Ryan Browne's evolution as a story teller. While, yes, this is still the farce that you know and love, there is the beginnings of a genuine and more earnest story being told here, and this first issue is an excellent hook for both new readers and old. If you're looking for a comic to have you crying with laughter, look no further than "God Hates Astronauts". Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Sep 4, 2014

    If any of that doesn't sound great to you, I don't know, maybe you just hate fun or something.It is actually a continuation of a previous series by Browne, which I haven't read (I will after having read this, you can buy the whole thing in trade paperback or read it on the GHA website), but the back story is summed up in two pages by ‘3-D Cowboy' pretty succinctly. I can't really adequately describe this comic, but god damn I enjoyed it. It was the funniest thing I have read in a long while, the story made just about as much sense as it needed to, the dialogue was laden with unnecessary profanity and the all the characters are totally ridiculous. The art was a lot of fun too, with heavy line work and really nice and vibrant colours making The Impossible's insane powers look particularly good. I loved the brilliant sound effects too, like ‘MARITAL STRIFE!', ‘SPACE COLLISION!' and ABOUT TO CLICK!'. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Edward Sep 2, 2014

    In short, this isn't for everyone but those it is aimed at will love it. It's fun, humorous and very, very original. Here's looking to issue #2. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Tyler Sewell Sep 3, 2014

    This is a must have for those who enjoy farcical comedy in their comics. This issue is chock-full of wit and features gags that will go over some heads, but will surely be valued by others (at one point they reference the TV edited version of Die Hard 2. This is just asking for a cult following). The art is hilarious and you can find yourself studying the background intently for vulgar sound effects or a bear flipping the bird. Whether or not drugs were used in the making of this issue, by the time you finish it you'll feel like you're on something yourself. Just smile and thank Ryan "What do you mean it's not butter" Browne for the trip. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Jessica Boyd Sep 3, 2014

    If bad books are car accidents you cannot look away from, this is the traumatizing story that will send you to the madhouse, giggling with glee the whole way. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Sep 3, 2014

    As a result, it's fairly exposition heavy, with probably about a third of the book taken up by exposition. The constant explanation of everything that's going on, and everything that has happened, is a little bit of an issue. But here's the thing: the exposition is legitimately entertaining. This universe is just so weird that learning more about it is pretty great, and Ryan Browne's writing is so off the wall that it's hard to be bored by the exposition. Still, it would have been nice to just be thrown into the world, and have this information given to us over the course of four or five issues, rather than the massive info dump that we get in this issue, which spans quite a few pages. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Sep 4, 2014

    This was really in my sweet spot, humor-wise. I got at least a laugh-a-page from this issue and that's exceptionally rare for a comic (I'm talking about comics trying to be comedic, not the plethora of unintentionally bad ones out there…) Ryan Browne has created something special in God Hates Astronauts. From top to bottom; the art, dialogue, and sound effects blend together into an uproarious sack of side-splitting snickers. I'm all-in on this series, bring it on, Browne! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - F-O-R-R-E-S-T Sep 4, 2014

    I don't want to give too much away so I'm just going to say this: If you think comicbooks have been a little too serious lately, if you need a break from the grim-dark world of superheroism, if you want to laugh a belly-shaking laugh, pick up God Hates Astronauts. It doesn't take itself seriously and it invites you to not take it too seriously either. It's a breath of fresh air so breath in and then laugh out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little Sep 4, 2014

    Browne is carving out a unique space for himself with this series. There isn't really anything exactly like it on the stands and that's exactly what we all look for in comics, right? Find another book that has beer swilling horses screaming "Fuck this shit!" or sound effects like "Murder Town!" or a beautiful panel of a tear stained hen and a joyful farmer preparing to consummate their love for one another or a tiger in a crown eating a cheeseburger named King Tiger Eating A Cheeseburger. You can't because Browne took all these ideas and used them to make "God Hates Astronauts" #1 the most fun book of the week. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Doom Rocket - Gavin Rehfeldt Sep 8, 2014

    Browne continues to evolve as one of the most promising emerging comics creators, since the artist began working closely with Image Comics on Manhattan Projects, and Bedlam, as well as the criminally underrated IDW series Smoke and Mirrors. It's great to see a high profile publisher taking risks and putting content like God Hates Astronautsin the greater publishing sphere. I am immensely impressed with the creativity and daring involved in GHA #1, and look forward to the rest of the 4-part mini-series. Here's to looking forward to more from Mr. Browne! Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Tres Dean Sep 4, 2014

    If you've ever found yourself thinking, "Man, I sure wish there were some comic out there that flawlessly combined talking animal alien space warriors, astro farmers, true romance, and beastiality." I have some very good news for you: God Hates Astronauts has arrived. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    The Latest Pull - Tshepo Mokoena Sep 5, 2014

    This book is wacky and crazy and is very much for a niche market, some will love this book and some will desperately hate this book with every fiber and blood molecule in their body. Those that enjoy this book will love it and cosplay it until their eyes bleed of cosplay glory. They will sing praises at comic cons across the world. They will tell you you are lame for not understanding it and you are just too stuck up for it. Which is not true at all , cause I have the answer to your burning question of why you don't like it. And that answer is that you don't do enough drugs yet. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Sep 4, 2014

    God Hates Astronauts won't change how you look at comics or view the world around you. It will make you laugh though. It will make you laugh a lot. You may need a change of pants. I don't know, but it's probably a good idea to get an extra pair out before reading it just in case. Pants wetting aside, God Hates Astronauts is one of the hilarious and most fun comics on the stands. If you're just looking to have a good time, then you've found the right book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Ian Stephen Sep 1, 2014

    Glad to have you make God Hates Astronauts! This was a great first issue that brought me right back into Browne's world. It's hard to read God Hates Astronauts without even cracking a smile. Smiles are good for you. More comics need to make us smile. Looking forward to reading more GHA, but now I'm going to read volume 1 again while I wait. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Jason Tabrys Sep 3, 2014

    So, to recap: having sex with chicken's is wrong, I'm a dick and God Hates Astronauts is apparently like Top Secret!,Axe Cop,Arrested Development (not the band, sorry),Sex Criminals… lets sayThe Astronaut Farmer to cover all of my basesand there was something about Einstein, so I guess that counts as a comparison to The Manhattan Projects too. It's a good book, is what I'm saying. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Keith Silva Sep 3, 2014

    The good news is God Hates Astronauts will run eight issues, ten, at best, an adulterated un-fucked-around-with distillation of why we can't have nice things. Embrace the insanity, embrace the stupidity: God Hates Astronauts #1. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Robert Scott Sep 4, 2014

    Many comics read as if they might make a good live action movie. This one reads as if it would make a good animated film, Saturday morning cartoon, or more like something you might see on Adult Swim. The primary shortcoming of thisbook is it is too silly for some adults taste, but has too much adult language for children. Every comic is not for everyone, but this one is good at what it does, and does what it intends to do which is entertain humorously in unexpected off the wall ways. I'd recommend anyone to give God Hates Astronauts a try if they want to see something totally different. I'd compare it to something, but there is nothing like it to compare it to. The title of the first part of the story is “A star is born”, and with this series it just might be. So pick it up, and press start with your mind finger. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Nick Verner Sep 7, 2014

    The most insanely funny comic you will read this year. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Dec 21, 2014

    God Hates Astronauts is one of those absolutely weird books that are out there which can develop a good following. With a run already behind it that I haven't read myself, this book serves as a perfect jumping on point to see if it's something that you'll like or not. It's a series that if you do like it, you'll be head over heels about it because it just goes all out and enjoys the absurdity of it in a big way while building its own strong internal logic. If it's not up your alley, you'll probably cringe throughout it – if you even finish it. I do like the way it goes into such absurd territory and does it with such style and confidence, but there wasn't much here that commanded me to come back for more at the moment. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - CeeJay Sep 3, 2014

    Everything in Ryan Brown's "God Hates Astronauts" is to comics what "Guardians of the Galaxy" to summer blockbusters. It's all hilariously weird and disturbingly off-kilter. It reads as if it was written by a 13 year old but that's a lot of the fun. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Big Comic Page - Martin Doyle Sep 3, 2014

    Although it might seem harmless from the outside, the content is most definitely aimed at a mature audience. Its jammed-packed with cursing, puerile humour, and crude sexual references, including some bestiality. Some of the material is pretty funny to be honest, but it does become tiresome fairly quickly. The book in general feels a little too long, and perhaps a twenty page issue might have made a difference to how I felt about it overall. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    phospheneJ Sep 18, 2014

    There’s been a bit of buzz on the web about “God Hates Astronauts #1″, and after dropping several titles recently I decided to take a punt on it. Boy am I glad I did. Issue one perfectly encapsulates what comic books can do that TV and film cannot. For starters he premise is beyond ridiculous; a group of farmers who want to have sex with chickens are hunted down by a half-human-half-cow-all-ghost-superhero who works for NASA, whilst up in space a tiger that likes to eat cheeseburgers is killed. The art is great too, simply because it’s crammed full of beautifully realised images from the imagination of some-one who doesn’t seem to give a fuck. Maybe it sounds too whimsical for your tastes but it works because the humour and pacing is spot-on and the. I love to write lazy, not-entirely-accurate “it’s like blank meets blank” descriptions, so if “Grant Morrison meets Adventure Time” works for you then pick up this book.

  • 9.0
    Jon-C17 Dec 23, 2014

    Love it. Blood, guts, space ships, tigers with cheeseburgers and really cool artwork. You'll either love it or hate it, but give it a try... Maybe the silliness will work for you.

  • 8.5
    Gizmo Sep 3, 2014

    This had me laughing a lot, it's a "weird for the sake of being weird" sort of humour, my only concern is that kind of humour can get tiresome after the initial impact, so we'll see if the plot is good enough to stick around for. But on its own merits, this first issue is great!

  • 7.5
    Soyner Sep 3, 2014

    What a strange journey. The good news is, it is purposely weird with tons of weird little extras and characters that will either leave you laughing or wondering "What the hell am I reading??" It is almost a cross of Deadpool and Guardians of the Galaxy mixed with some farmers. The art is great. The laughs are there (although, many times it comes across as almost trying too hard). Overall, a good start. Still not convinced if it will be added to my pull list though. Gonna let it soak in some more.

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