Reality is pretty insane right now. Things look bleak. They get weirder by the day. It’s a tragedy within a comedy within a tragedy. Thankfully we have some brilliant people out there who have no issue finding the absurd and skewering it in so many ways. Justice Warriors #2 continues its quest to needle so much of the utter bullshit.
Written by Matt Bors and Ben Clarkson, Justice Warriors #2 continues as Swamp and Schitt must deal with the riots occurring around the city. First, due to a plot to drive record sales to spur the economy. Then, having to do with bread and speculation. In between that we get digs into Crypto/NFTs, “special months”, and so much more.
Justice Warriors #2 takes the insanity and ramps it up to massive levels. While the first issue gave us a scheme to drive record sales and for elected officials to profit off of that, this one shifts the focus to even more insane investments, this time dealing with bread. It’s hard to not think about Crypto and NFTs while reading either of these plots. At times you can swear you’ve heard the same pitches about each of those. But, at least bread has a use, unlike digital goods.
Then there’s the constant “special causes” that are promoted. With an arrest you get a cancer screening. A gun is green due to mental health awareness. It’s all small mocking of our commodification and exploitation of causes. Small jokes that have clear targets. And of course Bors and Clarkson just one-up each reference with an even more absurd next one.
The art is as much of the joke as anything else. Each scene is packed with visuals that’ll get you to pause and try to pick up on every small detail. This is a wacky world where mutants are plenty and every detail is a specific choice. It’s interesting to look and try to figure out the visual decisions that were made and how they enhance not just the story and jokes but the whole point that’s being made.
As with AHOY Comics, the issue has a lot of extras including a one page comic done totally by Borrs as well as two prose entries. They’re all nice additions to the comic and feel like a bonus but this comic is sold by the main comic all by itself, it’s that solid.
Justice Warriors #2 does a fantastic job of delivering laughs while skewering our society. It works as a mad camp of a cop story that goes in directions that are completely unexpected. The creative team delivers a read where you have no idea what they’re going to punch next and what jokes are coming.
Story: Matt Bors, Ben Clarkson, Kirk Vanderbeek, Robert Jeschonek
Art: Ben Clarkson, Matt Bors, Peter Bagge
Color: Felipe Sobreiro Letterer: Matt Bors
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy
AHOY Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review