President Clinton Joins Resurrection

Marc Guggenheim has written some good books and television shows.  His run on Young X-Men was underrated and Eli Stone was a television series that just never quite caught on and was canceled too soon.

His Oni Press series Resurrection gets a Presidential boost when the 42nd President of the United States joins the cast in issue #4.  The series takes place after an alien invasion and ten year occupation of Earth.

Oni has revealed that President Clinton will join the series as a regular cast member in the next issue.  His entrance will further complicate the struggle of rebuilding society post-invasion. Comic Book Resources spoke with writer Marc Guggenheim about what the President’s appearance will mean for the “Resurrection” cast.

President Clinton first appeared in the series in the first issue of volume 2.  While addressing the nation from Air Force One he was attacked by alien invaders.  What he’s been up to since that attack will be a central mystery of the series’ latest arc.

“I don’t want to spoil too much, obviously, but he does survive the crash landing of Air Force One. But there’s a very real question of whether he’s in charge of the country after that point,” Guggenheim told CBR.

With numerous groups jockeying for control of a rebuilding society how does the return of the last American President affect the order of things?

“One of the questions I want the characters to ponder is whether the Constitution is a document that can survive its physical destruction. Are laws something that are written down, or are they part of something more enduring? Interesting questions that I hope will make for an interesting story.”

There have been numerous appearances of Presidents in comic books with President Obama becoming a fad lately, helping to boost sales.  This might be the first instance of a President becoming a regular cast member of a series.

“For me, the challenge is remembering to write him the same way I would write any of the other characters in the book and not shy away from moments that make him seem real, human and/or vulnerable,” Guggenheim said. “The whole point in bringing Clinton into the book as a regular cast member is to treat him like a regular cast member. It’s tempting to put him on some kind of presidential pedestal, but even the ‘real life’ Clinton is, after all, just a man. I’m not making it a story point or anything, but he puts his pants on one leg at a time, y’know?”