It has been an interesting year for politics, we have a surgeon with questionable beliefs, and a joker billionaire, a former first ladies with hidden emails, and a democratic socialist are all running for president next November. Citizen Jack by Sam Humphries (Ulitmates, Star-Lord- Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: Black Vortex) and Tommy Patterson (Game of Thrones) introduces Jack Northworthy, an odd impeached mayor, who worships a demonic monster from the closet of his snow blower shop. All this monster wants is to get Jack elected for president, even though Jack has been the butt of the joke many times in his life. He is a failed hockey player, a terrible ex-husband, and a failure as a son to his father. It very funny to see Jack try and reach the top, and through this you begin to wonder if this is really his doing or the monster in closet.
From the beginning Jack is not a likeable character, due to his anger and the way he treats people around his town including threatening his own father with a gun. Patterson creates this character with his art, this out of shape grotesque man in a bathrobe which just from the visuals looks very unappealing to everyone. He is able to capture the perfect image of someone is has lost it all and is desperate to try anything to get back what they had.
The coloring of the book is done exceptionally, Jon Alderink does a great job bringing Patterson’s pencils and inks to very colorful display. The best touch of the colors is in Jack’s pink robe, and again at the end of the book when we see the demon Marlinspike in full color and out in the light. All the art in this book from the monsters, to Jack and the town around him is brilliant.
Finally Humphries has created a great story in the first issue alone. Part of Jack not being likeable is the way Humphries portrays him through his words and the actions he takes throughout the book. However the book is not an entire hate trip on Jack, there is an emotional back and forward with his father, and there you start to feel for Jack it creates a good story point. Even with his ex-wife he is still trying to be as nice of a guy as he can be, but that does not last for long as we again see how bad of a person Jack is.
Overall Citizen Jack #1 is off to a great start, and whether you love or hate politics, it is a good read with many laughs. The art and color is beautiful, and the story behind the art is superb, worth picking up the next time you are at your local comic shop.