Did You Vote To Make America Great Again? Read These Comics Next
Today is Inauguration Day, and Donald Trump is the 45th president of the United States. And really, it’s obvious why he won. After eight years with one of the most qualified and accomplished presidents in generations, what America really needed was a vain, egotistical, thin-skinned braggart with a long history of bullying and abusive statements, absolutely no experience in public service, and a track record of astonishing failure.
If you voted to Make America Great Again, here are some comics to dig into while you wait for all those manufacturing jobs to come back, and for those pesky SJWs to finally be put in their place.
Punk Rock Jesus
A stunning black and-white Vertigo miniseries, this comic sees writer/artist Sean Gordon Murphy combine politics, religion, reality TV and music into one crazy storm. In the dystopian future of 2019, an evil media mogul clones Jesus Christ from the Shroud of Turin and puts him on a reality TV show to captivate the whole world. So naturally, the clone — who goes by Chris — escapes and forms a world-famous punk band with a loud, angry message of rebellion and atheism. Not a bad way to fight the all-consuming, manipulative beast of reality television.
An original tale from frequent collaborators Mark Waid and Barry Kitson, this Eisner-nominated miniseries sees the supervillain Golgoth defeat all heroes and conquer the world, all while keeping his precious daughter, Princess Delfi, safe in seclusion and unaware of the vastness of his evil. He controls his minions, the malevolent Ministers, through a super-drug called Eucharist, but not all of them are compliant. It’s the Ministers of espionage and execution — Lohkyn and Xanna, respectively — who start poking behind the curtain.
One of the most acclaimed and influential titles in Vertigo’s history and perhaps Warren Ellis’ most transhumanist work ever, this cyberpunk series follows the gonzo journalist Spider Jerusalem who, after years of seclusion in the mountains, comes back to the wicked, wild concrete jungle only known as “The City” to fulfill his publishing contract of two books and get a nasty editor off his back. Aided by his “filthy assistants,” Spider devotes himself to exposing the corruption and decay of two successive presidents and keeping his already dystopian, crazy world from sliding even further out of control.
Persepolis Vol. 1: The Story Of A Childhood
The basis for the 2009 Oscar-nominated animated film, the first part of writer/artist Marjane Satrapi‘s acclaimed and controversial two-volume memoir focuses on her childhood n post-Islamic Revolution Iran. Beginning with a short history of Iran, Satrapi details how the brutality and vindictiveness of theocratic authoritarians affected her and her friends and family. Featuring fun scenes of revelry amidst the doom, and harsh depictions of torture, bombing and police brutality, the book tells a story at once both highly personal and universal. Satrapi’s deceptively simple artwork is unsparing, creating a story worth reading for all ages.
The second creator-owned series at Boom Studios by writer Max Bemis — the singer, songwriter and lead guitarist for the band Say Anything — after the superhero mini-series Polarity, Evil Empire explores the question of how an all-powerful, fascist empire similar to the Galactic Empire might emerge in real life. An action taken by a madman tears the United States apart over the nature of right and wrong. Watching it unfold from the sidelines, and seeing his country torn apart, politically-minded underground rapper Reese Greenwood decides to take a stand and save his country.