Writer: Matt Hawkins
Artist: Atilio Rojo
After finding out that Owen McKitrick, a Missouri Senator responsible for three false flag attacks against the United States to spark fear against Muslims has been elected President, the vigilante hacker Samaritan, aka Samantha Copeland, is gearing up for war against the corrupt FBI and the United States Government to kill the President.
Matt Hawkins and Rahsan Ekedal’s Samaritan Veritas is the latest political thriller series in the “Edenverse” line of comics, which includes Think Tank, Postal, The Tithe, and Eden’s Fall. There’s a larger universe at play here, and helpful editor’s notes point out which books you might want to pick up in the Edenverse if you’re interested in events or characters mentioned here, but for the most part, Samaritan Veritas is a stand-alone title that can be read without having read any previous titles. A page after the end of the issue places Samaritan Veritas as the first in “Season Three” of the Edenverse, and it seems like a good jumping on point.
Samaritan Veritas is heavy on action and politics in equal measure, as Samaritan starts her war against the Government gathering funds by stealing them from various televangelists who are allies to the President. Meanwhile, the internal politics of the FBI are explored as the President has his people hire a deadly assassin to kill Samaritan.
The art by Atilio Rojo works well enough. I’m torn between saying he doesn’t convey action well enough, or giving a pass since the action scenes arguably wouldn’t have been improved by over-doing them. In the end, I’ll settle with saying that it mostly goes by without much comment or anything to note.
The writing by Matt Hawkins is clear and, just like Rojo’s artwork, gets the job done without any flourishes or anything worthy of note. It’s a well-told, well-drawn story. Part of me wishes there were something more, but I suppose I can’t exactly fault it for there not being more, so again, I’ll settle by saying that it’s fine, and it works well.
I’m intrigued to see how this particular story plays out as a cliffhanger at the end of the first issue complicates the otherwise clear relationships between the various characters and factions, but I’ll hold off for now on saying if Samaritan Veritas has drawn me into the Edenverse.
If you’ve heard of the Edenverse before, or are just a fan of political thrillers, then you should probably pick up Samaritan Veritas. It doesn’t do as much as I hoped it would to stand out, but what is there works well enough.
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.