Review: Buddy Cops

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EXPLOSIONS! MONSTERS! BEER! Dark Horse proudly(ish) presents Buddy Cops, the classic tale of a demoted space cop and a 1970s android that hate each other and beat up evil things. Get ready to enjoy the laugh-inducing odd couple of Uranus and T.A.Z.E.R. as they take on gigantic orangutan and vegetation beasts while debating the sexualization of toasters! MONSTERSWAT!

buddy cops coverThe Buddy Cop stories have been collected into one convenient one-shot issue from Dark Horse this week. The story of Uranus and T.A.Z.E.R. features 24 story pages and some new never before seen material. The story is by Nate Cosby and features art from Evan Shaner. Rus Wooton provides lettering with Jimmy Presler serving as the designer. So is the Buddy Cops one-shot worth a shot?

The first page tells us who the Buddy Cops are- Uranus and T.A.Z.E.R. Uranus is an intergalactic space cop who got demoted to the NYPD after getting drunk. He got to keep his jetpack and space sword.  T.A.Z.E.R. is an overly anal police robot from the 70s who was rebooted accidently by a janitor. Uranus and T.A.Z.E.R. hate each other. And that’s pretty much all you need to know.  We take a look at three different cases for the duo as they face off against the likes of a giant monster, a giant radioactive Monk monkey and Uranus’ plant/daughter he gave birth to. All the while we have action, explosions, and wise cracking Uranus getting on the straight laced T.A.Z.E.R.’s nerves.

Cosby throws together a collection of some of the funniest, weirdest, and most irreverent stories I’ve read in quite a while. Uranus is a wise cracking, foul mouthed drunk that feels a little like Deadpool. He plays really well off the robotic T.A.Z.E.R. You get a good laugh about every other panel. The quick little stories offer up plenty of opportunities for gags and jokes, with none of them falling flat. It’s all one big send up of the buddy cop cliché in a sci-fi and comic book wrapper. Shaner does a fantastic job brining it all to life and grounding some of the more fantastical ideas, if that’s even possible.

Bottom Line: Buddy Cops is a laugh-a-minute rollercoaster ride that I want to get on again. I’m not sure it would work as an ongoing, but we definitely need to check back in on the duo every so often. Cosby and Shaner has a lot of fun with Buddy Cops, and so does the reader 5/5

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