Evil Empire Vol 1

What if having super powers meant losing your mind? Tim Woods is a bipolar artist stuck in the world of hipsters, meaningless sex, and vain art — better known as Brooklyn. But after he survives a near fatal car accident, Tim discovers that his mental instability is more than just a disorder, and that his bipolar medication hasn’t just been subduing his manic depression…it’s been suppressing his super powers.

“I may be running for president but, truth be told, it’s the next generation of Americans who know what’s actually going on in this country.” 

Anarchy! Chaos in the streets! Burn everything to the ground and bask in the flames! Watch it all come down before you, and enjoy every second of it! Consider Bane your personal hero, and The Dark Knight Rises a documentary.

Ignore the medium, focus on the message. Big times are ahead of us. If America is a boxing ring, we’ve got the baby boomers in one corner. In the other corner, the millennials. The Baby Boomers have all this money and power, and they flaunt it as much as they can. “This is the way the world is.” they say. “I have absolute power, and it corrupts me absolutely. And I love it. Give me more.”

The millennials on the other hand, don’t have much. Ironic mustaches. Co-op grocery stores. YouTube channels. But the one thing they have that cannot be stopped? Rage. They see through all the bullshit. The “titans of industry” running the world. The absolute joke that our two party system is. Another power they have? You just can’t shut them up.

Neurosis is defined as a “mental illness caused by symptoms of stress (depression, anxiety, obsessive behavior) that causes a loss of touch with reality.” I prefer to think of neurosis as power. It’s easy to be neurotic in the 21st century. The 24-hour news cycle makes sure you can never sleep, or else you won’t hear about the latest mass murdering in Nigeria. Everything you do is analyzed, stored, and recycled back to you as new content by complex algorithms. There is no more privacy. But is that really a bad thing?

Ignore the medium, focus on the message.

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Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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