Writer: Rob Wolinsky
Artist: Nicolo Arcuti
Colors: Francesco Franciuus Farabi
Letters: Micah Meyers
Presidents play golf. That’s what they do when they are not working on policy, running the free world, or managing their political career. That’s what they do, right? Well that’s what everyone thinks they do. It’s what we see on the news. But is that really what they do in their spare time?
President Theodore Voyage doesn’t particularly like golf. No, he would rather spend his free time pursuing his favorite pastime: murder.
Reading this book was a mixed blessing from beginning to end. Honestly, the idea of a Serial Killer president seemed pretty far out there, but I wanted to give it an honest try, so I set aside my concerns and read through the first issue.
I was immediately struck by the quality of the art. Nicolo Arcuti’s dark art is detailed and rich, giving life to the murderous president and his ally. When the story stretches into scenes of violence and mayhem the art comes alive and it is easy to pick out the details that make the pictures move. If there is a downside to the art it is that some of the scenery lacks detail that might give the comic more of a punch. The oval office lacks detail as does the President’s murder layer. Too much shadow and darkness limit the scene while making the rooms seem impossibly large in their starkness.
The writing and dialogue of Rob Wolinsky is hard to give as much of a glowing endorsement. The dialogue has moments where it works, but it mostly feels stilted and unnatural in its flow. Of more importance are some of the plot devices used that lack explanation to keep the reader from accepting the premise as even plausible. There is a lot of potential here and with any luck my concerns will be addressed in future issues.
There is a lot of potential in this book, and I look forward to seeing where it goes from here, but for now I give it three out of five stars because the art saves it.
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