Axel-In-Charge: Extending "Secret Wars," Excitement for a "Totally Awesome Hulk"
Last year Caleb Goellner, Buster Moody and Ryan Hill combined their love for things like Power Rangers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles into a comic about friendship, alien monsters and giant robots. But the second issue of Task Force Rad Squad has something the first issue didn’t — kitties. Giant mutant killer kitties.
Goellner and Moody — who are flying without Hill this issue because he’s busy with IDW’s Judge Dredd: Mega City 2 miniseries — are once again offering the digital comic using a “pay what you want” model. You can download it from Gumroad right now, along with the first issue if you missed it. Goellner told me they’ll have print copies of the issue available at C2E2 in a couple of weeks. (His Mermaid: Evolution comic is also available as a “pay what you want” digital comic as well).
“For a period of time in my youth Power Rangers were a big part of my life, and I even remember drawing some of my earlier, more dynamic character poses based off of Power Rangers promotional artwork and stuff,” Moody told me last year after the first issue was released. “They’d kind of left my consciousness during middle school through college, though a couple weeks prior to Caleb approaching me about working on the book, I had sort of a metaphysical experience with a God-analog manifesting in the form of Zordon, which was oddly amazing but perplexing at the time. Once Caleb started talking to me about TFRS the synchronicity of the experience, along with Caleb’s fantastic plan for the book and all-out enthusiasm for the project, kind of made it a no-brainer.”
Check out some pages from issue #2 below. And if you’d like to see more of Moody’s art, he just posted a whole bunch of convention stuff on his blog, including sketches and a TMNT/Ghostbusters mash-up print.