Mark Russell and Ben Caldwell's revival of Joe Simon and Jerry Grandenetti's Prez was probably the single most unexpected launch of the entire "DC You" initiative --- and so far, it's been one of the best. As it stands, Beth Ross is a teenager in a dystopian (but not entirely unfamiliar) near future where corporations have the right to vote and viral marketing can control a campaign, who got on the ballot as a joke and now stands a chance of becoming the first president elected by Twitter.

This week sees the release of the second issue, and as the House of Representatives is in deadlock, Beth's father's illness takes a turn for the worse --- and if that's not enough, we're introduced to the Sensational Character Find of 2015, Carl The End-Of-Life Bear. Check out a sharp and surprisingly heartwarming preview below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That part about the human brain is both genuinely touching and honestly inspiring, and that it comes one page after a giant floating marijuana bear attempts to cheerfully smother someone with a pillow might be the most successful example of a book pulling off a hairpin tone-shift that I've seen from DC in recent memory. Also, if there's any justice in this world, we'll get a Pharmaduke t-shirt before the end of the year.

Here's the official issue description:

 

Prez #2
Writer: Mark Russell
Artist: Ben Caldwell
Full Color, 32 Pages, $2.99
With the election in chaos and a Congress mired in corruption, Twitter sensation #corndoggirl becomes the first teenaged President of the United States!