Art by: Ben Caldwell, Mark Morales, Sean Parsons, Jeremy Lawson
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 26th 2015
*spoilers below, score and summary are at the bottom*
Last issue of Prez was an outstanding issue that started running with the story and began to set the tone for politics instead of the society building from the first issue. This issue is not as high in entertainment as the last one, but has way more dark political satire in it.
The story begins with Beth's Grandma watching television and finds out her granddaughter is now elected president, without losing a beat "Well, good for her" came out of Nana's mouth like every other grandma ever. Then we go to a factory where a worker named Manny gets crushed by some sexy frogs. We see a full day at work with Manny to demonstrate the working conditions big corporations put on their workers. We see a side story of two senators debating a new law that seemed okay from the surface, but was really a ploy underneath. Now on to our actually Prez, Beth Ross is assembling her cabinet by firing everyone since she owes no political favors. She starts recruiting her cabinet by asking Neil Degrasse Tyson or named in here Franklin Holyfield to be her science adviser. It is now inauguration day and there was an assassination attempt until anonymous hacked into her defense robot and splattered the assassin all over the pavement.
This story was really good, but it was not a humorous as the previous issue. Instead it was more heavy handed on the satire and political satire. I found the book to have a slow start since we basically started with Manny in the factory. This was clearly a sub-plot to take over the place Beth's father had, but because I do not think we have seen Manny before I have no compassion for him, all I can say is that it sucks you got fired dude. The working conditions were crazy in this book, the Smiley Enterprise is definitely representing Wal-mart or Amazon. I liked seeing it, but the character they had did not make the substance any better. The debate between the two senators was entertaining and strong on that political satire. Having a law that prevents people from having sex with pigs, but it really is about something else to further the pork corporation. So when the other senator tries to explain this the others' rebuttal is "What is it about sexual congress with a pig you find worth defending?" Not only is this just a hilarious line, but it definitely shows how politicians will always twist each others words to go in their favor. I loved seeing Beth fire the former cabinet like a bad bitch and hire all the smart people from television. The inauguration was so underwhelming for Beth it was funny how she's like "meh" when some guy tried to kill her and now hes all over the floor dead.
The art in this book is still top notch with cute vibrant colors to counter the very dark world we are reading about. It really is quite insane when you think about it. I can not really say much, but I love the artwork and the coloring in this book.
Bits and Pieces:
This book is still one of the best I am reading from DC comics. This issue is still delivering what the last two did, a crazy political satire that is amusing but is also scary how close we can be to this. While this issue was not as funny as the last it was still entertaining in some parts. The art in this book goes hand in hand as opposites to this story. I really think you guys should give this a shot if you are not reading it.