Steampunk–a style of dress and for some a way of life is based in the worlds of Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Robert Anton Wilson and Alan Moore. Think an alternative Victorian England where steam power runs elaborately geared machines, women wear corsets and–as in The Wild, Wild West TV series and its unfortunate cinematic remake–there’s a nutty villain and outrageous gadgets.
Now The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen has transmuted into what could be called The Legs of an Extraordinary Woman in the new comic book Steampunk Palin. And it’s not satire. But it does include eight pin-ups, along with the most ridiculous confusing plot line (here below the spoiler alert) as I understand it from the review by Comics Alliance’s Chris Murphy who suffered through reading it–and worse yet through looking at the drawings. Chris, your eyes will stop bleeding soon, I promise. Bless you for your service to your country, nay, the world!
Somewhere in the near future, after a huge war makes the Earth’s oil dry up, politicians and policy makers gather to figure out a new power source is needed.
Naturally being a big energy expert, Sarah Palin suggests steam power to run the world’s generators, as a replacement for the now long gone oil. Because ya can’t have Tea Party with hot water, youbetcha!
And uh, you can’t have steam without heat and heat is made from generators run on what now? Steam? But how to get steam to make more steam? Do you build huge distilleries to recycle the steam? but how do you get the energy to manufacture the steel and copper needed to build giant steam generators that…oh never mind, but you see why I am baffled?
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So anyway, the energy conference is bombed by the evil forces of Big Oil/Nuclear Energy (wait, I though the oil had all been destroyed in the war).
*Poof * When Steampunk Palin and Robama–yeah, clever that–Obama/Robama– and every one elses awakens, they have been rebuilt in to half human-half machines and Sarah’s breast seem to have truly become a fan boy (0r fan) girl fap fest.
But kudos to the artists that Sarah doesn’t shake down her up-do and take off her glasses to gain even more super powers.
The weirdest part is that the Evil Mastermind Mad Villain behind the oil/nukes profit machine and has his bad guys fight Sarah’s army of good guys (it’s all relative) is actually Al Gore. Okay that definitely makes this an alternative universe. For most people reading this, an alternative universe is one where Gore won the 2000 election; DOMA was repealed and ENDA passed; the genders of people marrying was no longer an issue; the war was over; health insurance was affordable and.. and, too.
Then the Russian start a war on the border with Alaska! Naturally in the end, aided by both Robama and a spare parts-rebuilt version of John McCain (the cyborg building team fixed up his bad arm an gave him a metal one to go with his medals! How thoughtful), Sarah’s bipartisan alliance wins against the army (somehow her robot body controls a her own robot army-insert “twiddle knobs/push her button jokes here), and she poses for those pin up drawings. Then makess herself a nice cup of red-blooded, all American tea. (Okay, I made that last senten up).
Oh and while we’re on the subject of alternative history genres and smash-ups, this summer will bring us COWBOYS VS ALIENS, directed by John Favreau, starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford. Fer realz.