WHEN HE'S NOT LEADIN' MASS, HE'S OUT KICKIN' ASS!
Once upon a time, there was a man. He worked hard and climbed up in the Church's hierarchy, and finally, he was elected Pope Oswald Leopold II. He lived his life womanizing, drinking, cussing, and generally having fun — and nobody could as much as raise a finger against him, since he was the POPE!
And then, Rapture came.
God, seeing that people are no good, condemned them all, and the gates of Hell opened. The war between Earth and Hell was long and bloody, but eventually both sides finally reached a truce: The gates of Hell were closed, but demons were allowed to stay on Earth. The Pope, losing his power and wealth, devolved into a drunkard living in a one-room lot.
One day, he saw a girl being molested by several thugs. He rescued her and fought off their demon friend Belaam, and the girl showed her generosity. Later that night, Belaam ambushes them, killing the girl and the Pope... just before Jesus blows him away with a revolver. Pope woke up in Heaven in the presence of God and Jesus. God gives Pope a task: if he can return to Earth and rescue St. Michael from Lucifer, Pope will be granted entry into Heaven despite his deplorable life-style. Granted with divine super strength and a caped costume, the Pope and Jesus must now find Hellcorp, fight through Lucifer's forces, and complete their divine mission.
Created by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore, and originally published under the moniker of Funk-O-Tron in 2000.
Battle Pop provides examples of following tropes:
- All Monks Know Kung-Fu: It seems upper echelons of Catholic clergy were taught Kung Fu by none other than Bruce Lee himself.
- Artistic License Religion: Catholics don't believe in the Rapture.
- Badass Preacher: Well, subverted, since besides his title he isn't all that saintly...
- Christianity Is Catholic: Perhaps intentionally. Demon-fighting Badass Preacher? Nothing new under the sun. Demon-fighting Badass Pope? Awesome!
- Crossover: This series doesn't seem to be part of the same continuity as Kirkman's other superhero books like Invincible, but they've both crossed over with Savage Dragon.
- Demonic Invaders
- The Devil: Big Bad of first issue, but later other high-ranking demons decided they don't like his rule too much.
- Goofy Print Underwear: Both Pope and Jesus seem to wear it.
- Guns Akimbo: Picture above.
- Hell on Earth
- Hippie Jesus
- Kung-Fu Jesus: He's reduced to hippie sidekick, but able to stand ground when it's needed.
- Metamorphosis: Pope's transition into Battle Pope. He didn't exactly have the best physique for demon-fighting, but as it fortunately turned out, buffing him up wasn't too big a miracle.
- Our Angels Are Different: In particular, Archangel Michael is General Patton with wings.
- Pals with Jesus
- The Pope
- Really Gets Around: The Pope. Even in Hell.
- Refuge in Audacity
- Shout-Out: To Left Behind, a book of which is seen to be read by Pope.
- Smoking Is Cool