Comic Review: Survival Street #1 (Dark Horse Comics)

Survival Street #1, from Dark Horse, shows us a world of the future, where corporations run the United States. Not just ‘influence’ the country, but actually run the country. And […]

Survival Street #1, from Dark Horse, shows us a world of the future, where corporations run the United States.

Not just ‘influence’ the country, but actually run the country. And in 2031, the felt puppets of Salutation Street TV show have just been fired, their children’s TV show cancelled, off the air. So they hit back, becoming militant saboteurs. Wrecking things, wreaking havoc on the overlords, while travelling in an RV.

Writers James Asmus (Rick & Morty: Corporate Assets, Transformer/My Little Pony crossover, etc) with Jim Festante pile on the satire and the biting observations of corporate America. Picture a Sesame Street with no filter, truly street-wise and bitter. It’s exaggerated, foul, and rude. It’s brilliant, it’s multi-formulaic-on-speed, it’s made of quick Oscar slaps and slices sardined together with plenty of bright and shiny jokes. “Funny they should say that!”

The art by Abylay Kussainov is tightly compacted, fitting loads of characterization into the panels. The military enforcers, the puppets who are NOT really the puppets, the hoi polloi, the wanton abandon of all who walk the narrow line. Kussainov’s ability to shift gears and directions to follow the frantic flow of the narrative is admirable. Colour is by Ellie Wright, letters by Taylor Esposito.

Highly recommended!!

Dark Horse, Survival Street #1, $3.99 for 29 pages of content.

Alan Spinney

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