The Politically Charged Ultra-Violent Thriller by Max Bemis Returns This Week with its Third Issue.
Written by Max Bemis
Art by Ransom Getty
Published by Boom! Studios
Release Date: 07/30/2014
Out this week after a three-month hiatus comes Evil Empire #3 from writer Max Bemis and artist Ransom Getty. The first two sell out issues were praised by both fans and critics as this frightening depiction of a future dystopian society both received second printings.
Issue three flashes ahead twenty-five years again as Bemis wastes no time teasing readers with a glimpse of what future issues may bring. We know that a resistance has formed and has made its way to the city of angels. What we don’t know as of yet is exactly when this rebellion formed and who might be leading it, although it is suggested that a key figure in this opposition may be female. The flash forward scene was intriguing, violent, and over relatively quickly.
The scene shifts back to present day, almost immediately after the brutal events that unfolded in issue two as the former presidential candidate Kenneth Laramy has been incarcerated for the murder of his wife and is being taken to a detention facility. He very quickly comes to the realization that for all the enemies he may now have, he has just as many supporters willing to take up his cause.
Meanwhile, a Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe type romance has transpired between our two protagonists, as Duggins and Greenwood find themselves surrounded by media frenzy. Greenwood is asked to do something that she sort of reluctantly agrees to, only to have a change of heart in the middle of this furtive encounter. She conceals some of the information she received during that engagement from the authorities and uses it later, leading to another vehemently astonishing ending and cliffhanger that was vicious and totally unanticipated.
Bemis is killing it, literally and figuratively with this series, as he continues to bring more death (in the comic) and viciously disturbing moments that Ransom Getty captures beautifully. Evil Empire is a well written political soap opera that comes in the form of a recurring nightmare trapped inside the mind of a senator. It also happens to be a fantastic comic book and the best work this creative team has put out yet.
REVIEW: EVIL EMPIRE #3
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)
Best work from this creative team so far.
Long wait between issues.