CI­TI­ZEN JACK

Po­lit­i­cal de­monology

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

re­leased OUT NOW! Pub­lisher Im­age Comics

Writer Sam Humphries

Artist Tommy Patterson

The US Pres­i­den­tial elec­tions are fast ap­proach­ing, and the lat­est on­go­ing se­ries from Im­age di­rectly takes on the dark un­der­belly of Amer­i­can pol­i­tics. Ci­ti­zen Jack is a twisted mix of hor­ror- com­edy and po­lit­i­cal satire, and its first three is­sues show­case a broad, 2000 AD- es­que mix of gore, weird­ness and gal­lows hu­mour.

The story fol­lows Jack North­wor­thy, a wom­an­is­ing Min­nesota snow­blower salesman who de­cides to run for Pres­i­dent. De­spite his chaotic back­ground, Jack ends up a con­tender to snatch the “Free­dom Party” nom­i­na­tion – but his most im­por­tant ally is a blood­thirsty de­mon called Mar­lin­spike, who’s go­ing to get Jack to the White House by any means nec­es­sary.

While it’s hard not to draw par­al­lels be­tween North­wor­thy and con­tro­ver­sial real- life fig­ures, Ci­ti­zen Jack is a satire that tar­gets the en­tire po­lit­i­cal process. The comic’s scat­ter­shot ap­proach is helped by Tommy Patterson’s in­ven­tively grotesque art, but writer Sam Humphries fails to bal­ance hu­mour with gen­uine hor­ror, leav­ing the se­ries feel­ing car­toony and ob­vi­ous. De­spite its lurid ap­proach and some fun moments, Ci­ti­zen Jack strug­gles to say any­thing about Amer­i­can pol­i­tics that hasn’t been heard many times be­fore. Saxon Bul­lock

The words “Demo­crat” or “Repub­li­can” are not used. “We’re non- par­ti­san in our satire,” Sam Humphries ex­plains.

This guy even trumps Trump.

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