Written by Max Bemis
Art by Ransom Getty
Published by Boom! Studios
Release Date: 03/05/2014
This week saw the release of yet another first issue from Boom! Studios in Evil Empire from Max Bemis (Polarity). Bemis who is originally from New York but now resides in Texas also happens to be the lead singer for the punk rock band Say Anything, but lets save that story for another time.
It is 2039 in Los Angeles, California and it appears as if the United States is now under the rule of a fascist regime as we witness the apparent murder of an innocent citizen by a couple of armed enforcers. So the world or at least our country (that we know of so far) is now a dystopian society where a corrupted police state type government rules, and its citizens may be the ones who are unintentionally responsible.
Jump back twenty-five years to present day Washington, DC as Bemis proceeds to tell us the origin of our countries descent, and what better way to do this but to introduce us to some strong appealing characters. Enter Reese Greenwood, a popular rap musician who is both sexy and controversial. Next we have Sam Duggins and Kenneth Laramy, two politicians in a race for the oval office. Duggins is the democratic nominee, an idealistic progressive thinker and a fan of Greenwood’s music. Laramy is the obvious conservative who is campaigning on family and American values. What happens next is both unexpected and shocking and will link the three of them for the foreseeable future.
Backing up Bemis with his illustrations is Ransom Getty who has penciled and inked for both Marvel and DC. Getty’s style proves to be the perfect complement for this book, as he gives us a very methodical and adept form that should be recognized. The first issue of Evil Empire from Max Bemis is impressive story telling that has quick but perfect character building, which is often missing in debut issues. Both honest and vicious, it sets the stage for a frightening look at how politics and circumstance can lead to societal degradation.
Review: Evil Empire #1.
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)