SO here is the piece that all of those research sketches were for. Once you see it, it all makes perfect sense: When a new Pope is chosen, he must first prove himself.
How, you say?
He travels back in time to the Old West. To catch outlaws? No. To forge a new frontier? Pah!
No, he fights vampire Nazis.
At least, that's the idea my friend brought to me, and here it is, as the cover for what would hypothetically be Pistol Pope #1.
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