Review – Political Power: Rush Limbaugh

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RUSH LIMBAUGHBluewater has cornered the market when it comes to political biographies in comic book form.  These 30 something page issues are good primers to give you a general background about the individuals.  Generally you’re given key moments in the individual’s life along with hints as to some of the people that influenced the.

In the case of Rush Limbaugh we’re taken through his childhood and fascination with the radio that led to a career in the business.  The evolution of his personality is touched upon with slight mentions as to what else was going on in that time period.  For those with a sense of history or politics can easily connect the dots as to Rush’s ups and downs (polls of his like/dislike by Americans are cited throughout).

We’re also shown the folks he’s inspired and in fairness his positive and negative.  Rush is an interesting person, in that he rails for the individual, but at the same time does give a lot to charity.  He decries the criminals, but he himself is one with his admitted drug use.  All of these sides to him are fairly shown.

Is this an in-depth biography?  No, and we shouldn’t expect it in 30 something pages.  But for those with interest in Rush, his philosophy and rise to fame and power, this isn’t a bad place to start.

Plot: Don Smith takes an interesting perspective in telling the story on Rush by injecting himself as the narrator to the comic book.  His interaction and friends reactions are shown throughout and in a rather odd choice a cat which has a biting habit is introduced.  What really works though is Smith allowing Rush to speak in his own words, taking statements throughout his career to outline his history.  Decent time is dedicated to Rush’s various points in his life and both the positive and negative are shown.  It comes off fair and even, and that’s all you can ask for.  Rating: 7

Art: The weakest part of the comic is the art.  J.B. Fernandes doesn’t quite seem to capture his real life characters.  While you can often see some likeness in the drawings, they’re always off.  Rating: 6

Overall:  Being able to get a general sense of such a personality as Rush is hard to accomplish in a comic book, but all of the major moments are hit and the good and bad are all laid out there for you to judge.  You get a sense of his beliefs, where he came from and who he’s influenced.  Impressive in such short form.  If you’re interested in finding out who Rush Limbaugh is, this isn’t a bad place to start.  Overall Rating: 7

Recommendation: If you’re interested in Rush at all, buy

Page count: 24 pages of story    Price: $3.99     Release: Wednesday 5/5/2010

Bluewater Productions provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.