Books, Comics

A Battlefield Earth Comic Is Coming


Taste is an endangered species…

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Take it from one who has actually read every page of L. Ron Hubbard’s tedious “epic” – the movie is actually better. I know, it makes no sense, has really bad science even by Hollywood logic-leaping standards, and the lack of a budget to create a race of giants resulted in the cheap-ass solution of giant fake foreheads and platform boots. But compared to 1,100 pages of taking all this stuff deadly seriously (even as key characters have names like Roof Arsebogger and Brown Limpor Staffer), John Travolta vamping it up at least gave you something to enjoy ironically.

The Church of Scientology is required to believe that it’s a good story, however, and that people other than Hubbard acolytes might find it entertaining if they only gave it a chance. So they’re publishing a comic-book version, by Joe Pruett, Mike Perkins and Laura Villari. Budget is no issue when you’re talking about drawings – I only hope that they get permission to draw Johnny Goodboy Tyler as a young Travolta. It’s the role the celebrity Scientologist had actually wanted all along, but in a rare moment of clarity on the topic, realized he was the wrong age.

I’m not going to say this is a bad idea, exactly – it will make life easier for anyone who’s remotely curious about the story to get it over with quickly.

About Author

Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.) Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist