Comic Review: The Recount #1 (Scout Comics)

Talk about being timely, we can count on Scout Comics to be keep things current. Recount #1 is now available. Written by Jonathan Hedrick, and illustrated by Gabriel Ibarra Nunez, […]

Talk about being timely, we can count on Scout Comics to be keep things current. Recount #1 is now available.

Written by Jonathan Hedrick, and illustrated by Gabriel Ibarra Nunez, (colours by Sunil Ghagre), this title is all about America, and a presidential assassination. President Anthony Christensen is shot to death on the stage, behind the lectern, during his resignation speech. Plus a secret service agent, he’s dead too. Of course, this is bad, very very bad. While vice-president Meredith McDearmon has stepped in to take over, she remains in hiding.
Well, it seems as if the whole darn country is going nuts, you see. Those who supported the late President Christensen are being targeted, or ‘recounted’. A mass revolt is in play. Very bad.

The story is gripping, the dialogue terse. The bad actors and the bad behaviour is perhaps less shocking to the reader than when this story was first written. If you are frequent follower of today’s headlines, it’s not that far-fetched after all. It’s all for one side and naughty as heck.

The artwork is crisp and frosty. Hard-edged line work, heavy black ink tones, a dark palette that suits the mood. The suited men and women are painted with blood-red patriotism and baptized by a barrage of revolution. A grisly concept, with inherent horror, this is a strongly placed title, suitable for those who have a thirst for political ‘what if?’.

I should mention that Scout Comics has announced there will be a two-month gap between the 1st issue and the 2nd issue of any new title, including this one. All subsequent issues of a series will be released monthly after that. This will allow for sales numbers to be tracked, and allow retailers to better anticipate their order quantities for the second issue. “Recount” indeed!

Scout Comics, The Recount #1, $3.99 for 25 pages of content. Assume Teen +

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