Review: ‘Vatican Hustle’ by Greg Houston: Blaxploitation comics… the way you never expected them!

Andrew Wheeler

Andrew Wheeler spent 16 years as a book club editor, most notably for the Science Fiction Book Club, and has been a judge for the 2005 World Fantasy Awards and the 2009 Eisner Awards. He is now Marketing Manager for John Wiley & Sons.

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5 Responses

  1. mike weber says:

    Oh – i dunno; Westerns weren't referred to a "horse opera" for no reason; you could prolly make a decent opera out of "Once Upon a Time in the West", even if you couldn't do it with a John Wayne film…

  2. Anonymous says:

    "Blaxploitation movie as a comic" is indeed doable. As a matter of fact, I publish a online comic strip called World Of Hurt, which I bill as "The Internet's #1 Blaxploitation Webcomic" ( However, unlike most works which revisit the Black action movies of the 1970s, I play it absolutely straight, not for laughs. Exploring this film genre from the standpoint of parody is a valid approach, but I chose to do something different, particularly since the early entries into what became known as "Blaxploitation" could, dramatically and thematically, stand toe-to-toe with any of the best films of the 1960…s or 1970s. Consider that Ernest Tidyman, creator of "Shaft" was also the screenwriter for "The French Connection." Jay Potts

  3. Anonymous says:

    Excellent review by Anderew. Sounds like the book is weird yet interesting. I had a look at Amazon, the price is even lower now. -William Hindley (

  4. Zygor Guide says:

    I must say that I've been into comics for years now, but I've never had a pleasure to experience a story such as "Vatican Hustle" and the style it presents. I will definetly look into that. But I already dont like something about it – "Pope as a hard-drinking guy", I hope it's not anything purposeful.ThanksTim SewelAuthor of <a>Zygor Guide

  5. Andrew Wheeler says:

    Tim/Zygor: If you're saying that you dislike depictions of religious leaders in a less-than-flattering light, you are not likely to enjoy Vatican Hustle.