Citizen Jack #1

9 Overall Score
Art: 9/10
Dialogue: 9/10
Story: 9/10

The image and thought of a presidential hopeful leaping into a frozen lake to prove his worth are just perfect!

If you're willfully along for the surreal ride, I honestly can't say one bad thing. If not, maybe you won't like the tone as much as I do.

Citizen Jack #1
(W)Sam Humphries
(A)Tommy Patterson
Image Comics
2015

A HORROR-COMEDY FOR ANYONE WHO HATES POLITICS! Every presidential candidate has a skeleton in their closet—Jack Northworthy worships the devil! A scandal-plagued, small town politician, Jack should in no way be president. But he’s got a secret weapon: Marlinspike, a malevolent demon of high ambitions. Together, they’re running for president in an outrageous campaign that America will never forget! Blockbuster writer SAM HUMPHRIES (Guardians of the Galaxy, X-Men: Black Vortex) and New York Times bestselling artist TOMMY PATTERSON (Game of Thrones) debut a brand new ONGOING SERIES with a DIABOLICAL EXTRA-SIZED FIRST ISSUE!

As they say, why vote for the lesser of evils? Citizen Jack offers us a presidential candidate backed by a demon, sure to cause even more mayhem than any wicked businessman could! Just because he couldn’t make it as the mayor of a tiny town, what makes you think Citizen Jack isn’t ready to run the country?

This is an interesting book right from the start, with crazy characters dressing wildly and doing insanely comical things. What do you mean “Why is the dolphin the only news reporter who makes any sense?” That’s the point! And it’s a wonderful point, making just as much sense as a presidential candidate’s polar bear plunge into a frozen lake to prove he has the stones to lead the country. It’s great commentary, in the book’s world and in ours.

The story is wild, but it’s a solid read. Hugely funny and just slightly frightening in a philosophical sense, it says things about us that you could easily miss if you’re not paying attention, or if you don’t want to hear it. I think it takes talent to have a touch that light.

The art fits in nicely, being bright and colorful and bordering just this side of zany. Why wouldn’t a man living in the frozen North walk around all day in his undies and a bathrobe? Just enjoy the show, and don’t worry so much about it making sense.

I’ve really been lucky lately, this is the third book in a row that I have completely enjoyed. It’s a surreal joyride with a dash of meaning, and a hint of something serious lurking in the depths. I like that a lot, and if you’re up for trying something new, I bet you will too. Check out Citizen Jack, just smile and nod when things don’t make any sense, and then slowly realize that none of this is any more unreal than what’s actually happening in the world around us. Ok, maybe the dolphin reporting the news…

 

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