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Review: Campaigners #3

Campaigners #3

When I hear the term “best laid plans,” I often wonder how any of us get through the day without some type of expectation?  The saying usually arises when one feels their plan doesn’t quite work. When I was in the military this usually came into play all the time. We spent weeks going over routines and operations so that every mistake can be countered and adjusted. As we would say “failing to plan, is planning to fail,”

This concept would follow me to the civilian world as I have applied to every job I have had and though some things are out of my hands I felt I at least tried. I would pass this train of thought to my daughters. They’re now teenagers and they still think the same way. We all pre-visualize what we want to happen. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. In the third issue of Campaigners we Kydra is finally at Bee’s protest and the President is at the debate.

We find the President and his staff getting ready for the debate as he has his doubts. His staff has their own plans working to ensure the protest doesn’t interfere with theirs. We also find Kydra and Bee arriving at the protest to a crowd not like what she expected and the whole scene is quite different. Both Kydra and the President speak to their respective crowds and their audiences get to know them better but also they learn more about themselves. Things spiral out of control from there.

Overall, it’s a stellar third issue which peaks into the minds of both main characters. The story by Brendan Hykes is funny, smart and relevant. The art by MJ Barros and Sean Rinehart is striking and vivid. Altogether, it’s an excellent comic which gives readers an excellent backstory on both protagonists.

Story: Brendan Hykes Art: MJ Barros and Sean Rinehart
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Campaigners #2

Campaigners #2

When one possesses a dissenting opinion, the world tends to keep shy eye to them. As with anything else that isn’t popular, the “silent majority” don’t want to go against the grain. That’s disconcerting, with what’s going on in America’s politics. The actions that were once considered appalling are now treated solely as missteps. We live in a world now where people who believe in mass genocide and xenophobia are considered a normal part of society.

That’s why when we hear voices like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speak up against everything that normally is wrong, it gives everyone pause. It reminds of them of the standard that they should be reaching for. It’s never easy to do the right thing, especially when it seems like you’re all alone. In the second issue of Campaigners, Kydra finally feels how it is to be ostracized because of your opinion.

We find Kydra panicking at her sudden viral fame as she starts to read all the comments made at what she said,as the death threats start rolling in. Eventually, she gets caught up in all the attention and makes the mistake of actually responding to her internet trolls. Also, her father loses his job while trying to understand Kydra’s motivation for doing and saying what she does. By issue’s end, Bee convinces Kydra to go to a protest and the President’s henchmen take extreme measures to control the newsfeed

Overall, it’s an excellent issue which says more about how we respond to social media than what it really represents. The story by Brendan Hykes is funny and smart. The art by MJ Barros and Sean Rinehart is elegant and vivid. Altogether, it’s a stellar installment which examines what it means to be in the public eye.

Story: Brendan Hykes Art: MJ Barros and Sean Rinehart
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Campaigners #1

Campaigners #1

Media is everywhere these days making privacy to be an actual difficult thing to find. Everything people say and do can be transmitted to someone across the world without you knowing. This is what makes privacy and intimacy such interchangeable words in the current state of mass media and how technology pushes that envelope. This nowhere more evident than in how and where people keep up on current events heading to social platforms for the latest news.

Long gone are the days when people turn to television and newspapers as their primary source. It hasn’t become anachronistic as of yet but it is closer to being relics with each day. Even smartphones have dozens of apps which feed people all over the globe with what they consider relevant news.  As transparent the world is, less people possess freedom of thought as everything we do becomes increasingly calculated and manipulated. In the debut issue of Campaigners, we deep dive into how one person deals when one mistake becomes known worldwide.

We meet Kyrda Franks, a precarious high schooler who is trying to help her friend not break the dress code. Of course, this brings ridicule from the high school jocks, as some things never change, but also brings notice from the school administration. As Kyrda and her friend, Bee leave school, they are approached by the local news anchor, looking to make a story of what happened, as Kyrda inadvertently lets her political leanings,which catches the attention of the President and the general public. By issue’s end, Bee gets unfairly besieged because of what Kyrda says leaving those who know her to become unintended targets.

Overall, the comic is an interesting premise which more than sparks in this debut issue. The story by Brendan Hykes is funny, relevant, and tense. The art by MJ Barros and Sean Rinehart is elegant and vivid. Altogether, it’s an excellent story that speaks to who we have become and how we must fight about intolerance everywhere.

Story: Brendan Hykes Art: MJ Barros and Sean Rinehart
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy