Friday, July 24, 2015

Prez #2 Review

Written by: Mark Russell
Art by: Ben Caldwell, Mark Morales, Sean Parsons, Jeremy Lawson
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 23, 2015

*spoilers below, score and summary are at the bottom*


... and Beth Ross has been elected the new president of the United States. After an amazing debut issue, Prez #2 still delivers on their dark humor political satire. While last issue takes a couple read through's to fully comprehend what was happening, this issue was much more simple for the reader. We learn more about Beth Ross as her story is uncovered more here than previous issues, so we have our main protagonist fleshed out more along with the beginning of establishing a supporting cast for her.

We had a few more scenes with Beth as we see her still caring for her father and not wanting to be apart of the presidential candidacy. She gets amazing advice from her father right before he passes away. During his final moments he is visited by Carl, the End-of-life-bear who offers you Marijuana and then smothers you with a pillow, which is ridiculously messed up and hilarious. After her fathers death she is just trying to mourn his passing. We see her trying to cope with being alone by actually letting in the missionaries in her home to teach her about the church of Virunetics, who worship all germs. This shows how ridiculous religions can be.

 The best part of this issue was seeing the House of Representatives acting like school girls waiting to see what the other candidates will offer them for their vote. We see a hysterical stereotypical Texas representative that wheres cowboy hats, loves football and enjoys getting whipped. With Delaware being a bitter bitch and abstaining the whole time. This leads to all the House not showing favoritism for either candidates moving all their votes to Beth waiting for their bribes from either candidates then we see Delaware mumble their vote for Beth then we had enough votes to elect Beth as president.

The art by Ben Caldwell is amazing for this book, this matches the style of the story. The style can be very cartoony in some scenes, like seeing Beth, she looks adorable, but also it can get very serious like when her father gives her praise. The art is very versatile and lighthearted which balances out from this dark satire.

Bits and Pieces:

With a surprising debut issue, Issue #2 of Prez proves that this can still deliver. We see more satire coming from the politicians and the society they live in. We see the most normal character Beth cope with a loss, but then gets elected into the presidency, we will see how she manages that.


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