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HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.Alex’s Recommendations: Rebels #8
“These asides have been just as good or better than the main storyline. Great narrative from a fascinating time in history.” Alex’s Recommendations: Goddamned #1
“Sometimes all it takes is a writer. Sometimes you get so much more.”
Okay, listen. It’s not like I’m going out of my way to do this. I didn’t wake up this morning with this in mind. It just happened. Nothing I can do about it. Trust me, I tried. Before setting down to type this review I talked to Patrick and Dean, explaining my problem: “My favorite book so far is actually Rebels. I just don’t want to be known as the guy who always picks Brian Wood though.” Maybe they won’t notice. I mean sure, last month I chose Starve, but maybe the newbies here (of which I’m sure we must have somewhere) won’t remember anything prior. For those of you who are paying attention and do see the trend, Shhh…
Honestly, I’ve wanted to make Rebels my pick for a long, long time. I wanted to love it as I’ve loved many of Wood’s previous series, but I’ve only ever found myself really liking it. Does that make sense? Do you follow me? Continue reading This Week’s Finest: Rebels #6
Boom! Studios’ Evil Empire is a political thriller that explores the devolution of the United States into an “evil empire”. Splitting its focus between two time periods – the chaotic present and the dystopian future – a provocative rap singer named Reese gets caught up in the political manipulations of presidential candidate Kenneth Laramy, who unleashes a wave of violence across America with the confession that he killed his wife, who apparently – according to Laramy – had it coming for abusing their daughter; Laramy’s violent philosophy of “do what you want” apparently has a mass appeal.
Writer Max Bemis attempts to do some ambitious things with this comics series. Bemis is trying to make some points about the collusion of media and politics. Bemis is trying to warn readers about the danger of a society that loses its sense of community in order to embrace selfish personal gratification. Bemis is trying to write a compelling political thriller.
Unfortunately, with issue three, Bemis’ story destroys the ability of readers to suspend their disbelief; the plot becomes absurd. In the present, Reese – a controversial but popular rap star – decides to keep crucial information that she gets from a fan regarding Laramy’s whereabouts from the FBI in order to track Laramy down on her own. Also, the paparazzi discover that Reese is having a romantic affair with Laramy’s political opponent, a man likely to become the next President of the United States. Laramy, it turns out, may not be the big bad villain readers thought he was. And there is a lot of distracting, gratuitous cussing that adds nothing to the plot. While in the future, the revolution comes to Los Angeles, whatever that means.
Evil Empire is an ambitious comics series that has something to say, but it suffers from a confusing story that shifts between two time periods in a very inelegant manner. The art provided by artists Ransom Getty and Andrea Mutti is great. Evil Empire #3 is a nice looking book, even though its plot is confusing to both new and veteran readers.