Webcomic / Weapon Brown

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Weapon Brown versus Alley Oop

"I've got a lot of names, depending on who you ask. I'll let you call me Chuck.
I kill for a living. There's a lot of guys in my line of work, and they're all cheaper than me. If all you want is to put a hole in somebody, you hire one of them.
But if you want to take out a tank crew of battle-hardened scum and fall asleep knowing they died screaming —
You call good ol' Weapon Brown."
Chuck "Weapon" Brown

It is years after the last war, and the world has ended.

The fighting, though, that still continues.

Surviving — no, thriving — in this world is "Weapon" Brown, a cybernetic mercenary with absolutely no pity and balls that could crack diamonds. Together with his man-eating dog Snoop, they eke out a living as a pair of mercenaries. If you want something done to someone, don't need any questions answered, and absolutely need to make sure the poor bastards suffer, you call Weapon Brown.

In other words, Weapon Brown is Peanuts, only set After the End and Grim Darker than Warhammer 40,000. Filled with great art and Shout Outs to just about every syndicated comic out there, Weapon Brown Needs More Love.

The comic started out as a side project to cartoonist, Jason Yungbluth's, comic, Deep Fried. The first Weapon Brown story was called A Peanut Scorned, and was originally included as a bonus in the printed versions of issues 1-4 of Deep Fried. It starts off by telling the origin story of Charles "Weapon" Brown, and sequences into his quest to save his red-haired girlfriend from his insane former friend, Linus van Pelt, who plans to use her in his attempt to finally summon The Great Pumpkin, all while he runs into other characters from the Peanuts universe.

Yungbluth would eventually shift gears, and made Weapon Brown his main focus. Having already used the characters from Peanuts, he decided to widen the scope, and include elements and characters from just about every newspaper strip out there, in order to make the bigger and more epic follow-up, Blockhead's War, which ran for five issues until 2013.

Yungbluth released an omnibus, containing all the Weapon Brown comics stories, loads of extra material as well as new stories about the eternally grim hero.

"Blockhead's War" can be read at http://www.whatisdeepfried.com/, starting Here. It is most certainly Not Safe for Work, with nudity, sex, and Gorn.


Weapon Brown contains examples of:

  • Afro Asskicker: Hughie X.
  • And This Is For...: For Gramps and Hughie, said by Chuck just before finishing off CAL.
  • Animals Lack Attributes: Averted with Snoop and HOBS.
  • Anti-Hero: Good ol' Weapon Brown. Yungbluth himself doesn't really see him as one though, see his comment here.
  • After the End: "The Last War", which more or less ended human civilization.
  • Animesque: Huey and Riley Freeman are half-Japanese.
  • April Fools' Day: In one strip, Chuck and Crokk are revealed to be Beepo and Roadkill, the main characters from Deep Fried, in rubber suits.
  • Artificial Limbs: When Chuck was being made into a Super Soldier Hollywood Cyborg by the Syndicate, they cut off his right arm and replaced it with an extremely powerful (and remotely controllable by Chuck) prosthesis with its own nuclear reactor.
  • Badass Boast: Chuck gives us a good one: I'm a hearse. I deliver dead bodies.
    • Worth mentioning "Pops" as he beats the unconscious Chuck, being warned that they still need to interrogate him and can't give answers with a broken jaw. "He can write 'em down."
  • Bald of Awesome: Weapon Brown has one strand of hair on his head, drawn in the same fashion as the original Charlie Brown's stylized hair, as a reference to the fact that some readers thought Charlie Brown was bald instead of just having (according to Charles Schultz) very close-cropped light-colored hair.
  • Berserk Button: Don't hurt Snoop. Weapon will not be pleased.
    • Annie knows one of Brown's actual buttons an invitation to play football from the first story she uses it to make him have rough sex with her. As in he's got his gun to her head rough.
    • And for Pops: during their assault on U.S.A.C.R.E.S., the Syndicate legionaries kill Olive Oyl, who you should know is Pops' goyle. Big fucking mistake.
  • Big Damn Heroes: A Big Damn Dog Army!
  • Bittersweet Ending: Snoop stays with Annie; Jeffy joins Chuck to destroy The Syndicate and avenge his family; Chuck notes that since the world has a second chance there'll be things worth fighting for again. The "strange shadow" Chuck sees spreading out over Bone City is the schmoo from the exploded Garf, which is turning into vegetation, bringing life back to the wasteland.
  • Black Comedy
  • Bond One-Liner
  • Brown Note : Lucy Van Pelt's conditioning of CALv1n included such hardgrained gynophobia that the very word "girls" gives him a crippling mental breakdown. When Weapon Brown figures out and invokes the key word, CAL's vivid imagination turns the surrounding Schmoo into the object of his terror.
  • Chekhov's Gun (invoked by Yungbluth in the annotations in the softcover edition)
    • Snoop being able to drive a car in the original story was just a fun gag, but it ends up being how he defeats HOBS.
    • The flesh-eating kudzu is what finally destroys Bone City and the invading army.
  • Chest Burster: How CAL kills the Garf.
  • Christmas Special: Merry Christmas, Blockheads.
    • Halloween Episode: Linus (and about a hundred other guys) uses Sally's body to summon the Great Pumpkin but only succeeds in getting "The Cold Ones" (three spirits based on the non-/mutant Bedsheet Ghost costumes in the original Great Pumpkin), who reveal that Sally was too in love with Linus during the "ceremony" and the Great Pumpkin requires fear.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: The shmoo seems to work this way. Once Weapon Brown finds out its actual origin (that it's the GARF's excrement), he can't get past the idea that he's essentially eating giant bug shit, so it tastes terrible to him. Others in the know, Anne for example, don't have a problem believing the shmoo will taste like whatever they want it to.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Brown does not outright kill the people that have REALLY gotten themselves on his bad side. He wants to hear them beg continuously for it first.
  • Crapsack World: Life After the End is brutal: bloodthirsty trogs and horrific monsters are everywhere, it's practically impossible to grow food so everyone has to survive off scavenged rations, many people have to deal with Body Horror-level mutations, and the Syndicate seeks to control the wastes with an iron fist. Anne however is at least trying to make the world less crapsacky.
  • Dagwood Sandwich: Here and here.
  • Darker and Edgier: As many syndicated comic strips as possible, although it started with just "Peanuts".
  • Death by Irony: Cal fears and hates women thanks to Van Pelt's "conditioning". When he gains control of the schmoo it turns against him when it takes the form of Slimy girlS that he can't Get Rid Of.
  • Death by Sex: Miss Bucksley. Averted with Annie.
  • Determinator: "Weapon" Brown.
  • Deus Angst Machina: The ending of "A Peanut Scorned". Linus' summoning of the Great Pumpkin fails, and as it collapses he, Sally and the red-haired girl are crushed beneath it before Weapon Brown can do anything.
  • Died Standing Up: Walker, The expy of The Phantom gets his head blown clean off. Not only does he die standing, he becomes the corpse that walks!
  • Dirty Old Man: Colonel Halftraque, who takes this trope's tendencies in the original Colonel Halftrack and dials them Up to Eleven for a mixture of comedy and Fan Disservice.
  • Enfant Terrible: CALv1n
  • Evil Counterpart/Evil Knockoff: CALv1n and HOBS are sort of this for Chuck and Snoop. Of course, Chuck isn't exactly good...
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Almost too many to count, but the most notable ones are probably Crokk getting dismembered, brutally tortured and finally has a flamethrower shoved up his ass and fired, and CAL-v.1N getting fed the Schmoo until he explodes.
  • Fan Disservice: Chuck battles the Neanderthal savage Alley Oop. You know, that big hairy patch over Alley Oop's crotch? It's not a loincloth. Prepare the Brain Bleach. Honourable mentions also go to Mary Worth in a rubber catsuit, and an overweight Blondie as dom to a Mad Max leather-clad Dagwood's sub.
  • Fanservice: Miss Bucksley, the late Honey Huan, and possibly Anne, if she didn't have eyes like that thing in Splice.
  • Faux Affably Evil: CALv1n in spades.
  • Foreshadowing: Pops's howl of despair over losing Olive Oyl briefly upsets CAL. Pops's accent is too strong to actually invoke the word itself, but CAL knows what it's supposed to be...
  • Funetik Aksent: Displayed by a fair number of characters, but taken to extremes with Hilda.
    • "Dalab! Brakka glazz! Brakit ffurritseez ennamore!" The lab! Break the glass! Break it before it sees any more!
  • Fun with Acronyms: Cyber Augmented Legionnaire - version 1 N and his Heuristically Optimized Bonding Surrogate; U.S. Agro-Commerce Research & Engineering Station.
  • Future Badass: Just about every character who was a child in their own comic has grown up into a post-apocalyptic asskicker.
    • Except for those becoming monsters. The Katzenjammer kids are impersonating Kuato from the original Total Recall (1990).
  • Future Food Is Artificial: Schmoo. You really don't want to know what it is.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong (or maybe Gone Horribly Right): CAL-v1.N.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: When your fists are as huge as Pops', you don't need a gun.
  • Gratuitous French: General Crokk has the habit of calling Weapon Brown Arme Brun, that is (you guessed it) a literal translation of "Weapon Brown" in French.
  • Guile Hero: Miss Bucksley. She hides her schmoo ration in Weapon Brown's canteen without his knowledge (she was somehow carrying it in her breasts; Weapon Brown mistook it for breast milk when Miss Bucksley offers him some Rescue Sex, and she didn't correct him), keeping it from falling into the Syndicate's hands.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Weapon Brown will probably never get over losing the red-haired girl. Pops is also devastated when Olive Oyl is killed during the evacuation of U.S.A.C.R.E.S. They commiserate briefly after the battle.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: Cal does not like women. If you were "conditioned" by Van Pelt you'd probably develop a phobia too.
  • The Hedonist: Duke. He does not seem to care about the fact that he is having sex and taking drugs during the business meetings with the other members of the Syndicate. Then again, neither do they.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Miss Bucksley, offscreen. She kills herself to avoid being tortured and possibly giving up the location of U.S.A.C.R.E.S.
  • Hollywood Cyborg: Chuck.
  • Homage:
    • Obviously to American Newspaper Comics, but in addition, the art, plot, and general style take major cues from 2000 AD.
    • In the notes to the print edition the author notes that some pages are influenced by Mike Mignola's style, especially Hellboy.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Amongst other things, "Mint" Patty and Marcy are bisexuals in a BDSM relationship. Surprisingly, given what happened to her boyfriend, post-apocalyptic Olive Oyle looks pretty good (and surprisingly curvy). Or rather, looked.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Beetle Bailey. Chuck mentions that these have become common since the Last War, thanks to the radiation and chemical weapons that have mutated much of humanity.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: HOBS. On a souped-up Zamboni.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted with (most of) The Family Circus.
  • Klingon Promotion: Horns (aka the Pointy Haired Boss) becomes chairman of the Syndicate this way by defenestrating Mr. Dithers.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Most of the males in Weapon Brown have prominent chins but the eponymous cyborg has a particularly epic jawline.
  • La Résistance: Anne and her crew, against the Syndicate.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: Loads.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The witch Hilda knows that Snoop can understand her. Why? Because she can see his thought bubbles, which even the readers can't see.
  • Loud of War: Loud music was used to torture Chuck Brown. Even better, it's by Deathtöngue.
  • MacGuffin: Miss Bucksley's genetically enhanced breast milk.
    • Oh, if only that's what it was. It's not. It's the Garf's excrement.
  • Meaningful Name: Beetle Bailey is a disgusting bug-human hybrid.
    • Rex Morgan, M.D. appears, turned into a half-dinosaur person. Can you say T. rex Morgan?
    • The Dagwood expy, all clad in bondage gear, is called "Dogwood", and it's heavily implied that he loves dogs in "that" way.
  • Mutual Kill: Broom Hilda and the Wizard of Id's Astral Projection KA-ZOT each other. Hilda burns to death, but still manages to defeat the actual wizard by blowing his head up.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Subverted. At first it seems that Chuck defeated Cal by throwing him in the Shmoo repository, making him drown. However he didn't account for the fact that the nanomachines in Cal's body interacted with the Shmoo, making him able to conjure all the horrors in his mind, such as killer snowmen and Spaceman Spiff's aliens, to kill our heroes. Then again, the Shmoo having direct access to his mind means that it also had access to his mental conditioning by Dr. Van Pelt, and so it quickly turned against Cal in the form of his worst fear: girls.
  • Nightmare Face: Beetle
  • Noodle Incident: CAL-v.1N was transformed into a superhuman killing machine when an experiment called "Project Noodle" went awry. We're given just enough info about Project Noodle to know that he's a very unpleasant young man.
  • Pietŕ Plagiarism: ME GOYLE!!
  • Pokémon Speak: Garfield.
  • Pointy-Haired Boss: Though he's apparently a more effective chairman than his predecessor, Mr. Dithers, Mr. Horns does show a few tendencies of the original Pointy-Haired Boss from Dilbert, such as ignoring his scientist's (an Expy of Dilbert) well-founded concerns about releasing CAL-v.1N and HOBS, and suggesting that Mr. King add a bureaucracy to his jail in order to make it a prison for the soul as well as the body.
  • Pop Goes the CAL-v.1N: GOOEY KABLOOIE!
  • Practical Currency: Rations and batteries are accepted for goods and services.
  • President Evil: Daddy Warbucks, the last president the US had before the last war, basically started the war and refused to end it, even when things got so bad that it was obvious there would be no winner. At one point, he literally called Premiere Ming, the leader of the opposite side, to the bargaining table for the sole purpose of spitting in his face. This was the "Man In The Fancy Hat" solely responsible for turning the world into a nuclear wasteland, and for what is likely to turn out to be the inevitable extinction of the entire human race. Chuck is sincerely happy to meet him, since if it weren't for him he probably wouldn't exist.
    • The creepiest thing about him? He still thinks that the war is going on, and that they still have a chance to win.
  • Prophet Eyes: Anne has them. What, did you think everybody has eyes like that?
  • Sacrificial Lion: Val (Prince Valiant) and Gordon (Flash Gordon) are easily disposed of by CAL once he and the Legion arrive at Anne's hidden facility under Bone City.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: For the bad guys since CAL kills Garf.
  • Sex Is Violence: CAL literally gets off on violence
  • Shout-Out: Oh god, hundreds.
    • In a Shout-Out not related to the source materials, the origin of the shmoo it's the excrement of the Garf is likely a tribute to the secret behind the soft drink Slurm on Futurama.
  • Slasher Smile: Many from CAL-v.1N, such as the last panel here.
  • Stealth Pun:
    • The monster is called the Garf. The huge boneyard it lives in is thus a Garf-field. Garf is also a CAT-erpillar.
    • The Family Circus has become an entertaining performance group... a literal circus of family. CALv1n twists the pun further by making his attack on them "a circus for the whole family!"
  • The Syndicate: The main organization of villains is actually called this, a clever pun on the fact that most newspaper comics are distributed through syndication.
  • Synthetic Plague: During the war that wrecked civilization, the Elbonians somehow came up with a virus meant to either kill every person of African descent, or turn their skin white, and for the most part they succeeded. Hughie X and Reilly however avoided its affects due to having some Japanese ancestry.
  • Take That:
    • Ever notice how B.C. gradually got turned into a soapbox for its writer's religious views? Chuck certainly did.
    • Early on, Mallard Fillmore's head is on a plate, and in the annotations, Yungbluth says that he let the comic strip off easy.
  • Take a Third Option: When one of Crokk's legionaries have him at gun point, Chuck tells him that the gun is just a chance he lost by not shooting him when he had the chance, and that Chuck will give him a choice. If he tries shooting him now, Chuck will shoot him in the stomach and leave him to a slow, painful death. If he lowers it, he'll get a quick death with a bullet to the head. The legionnaire pulls his gun up to his head and blows his own brains out instead.
    Chuck: I love it when they surprise me.
  • This Was His True Form: HOBS reverts to a cuddly toy upon death. Snoop rips his head off just to be sure.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Popeye, after Olive Oyl is killed.
  • Unsound Effect: The sound made by an exploding, engorged CAL is, aptly, "Gooey Kablooie".
  • Vagina Dentata: SWEET BABY JESUS.
  • Viewers Are Geniuses: The more you know about comic strips, the more you'll enjoy Weapon Brown.
  • The Worf Effect: Happens to Weapon Brown himself once CAL arrives. He attempts to attack CAL from behind and CAL kicks him in the face without even turning around, putting him out of commission for a while.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • The surviving subjects of the Syndicate's Super Soldier project attacked each other, starting by ganging up on the smallest— a seven-year-old boy. He slaughtered them all.
    • The adult CALv1n gleefully and graphically throws the Family Circus toddlers to HOBS.


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