Prez — Why It’s Great

I was never a Prez fan.

What I remember of the original run was that it had a B-Movie “so bad it’s good” quality to it.

Anonymous figures into the future world of Prez
When I heard DC was reviving the title for the DCYou launch, I was a little surprised but not interested. I’ve pretty much abandoned DC’s current output. There are no regular books I buy from them.

I came across DC’s free previews online (Hey! Free Comics, Kids –> Prez preview on Comixology & Prez preview on DC Comics.com) and read the Prez short story. It had its moments but it was only “ok”.

Then I read this review/appeal by Devon Sanders on BleedingCool. Now this sounded like a really excellent comic.

So I went and bought #1–3 and enjoyed the crap out of them.

This comic is smart and funny. It has sharply-aimed social & political satire but also the kind of deep character work jaded comic fans like myself want from modern comics.

Unfortunately, with the history of the name and without having a big name creator attached to it, the book likely won’t sell as well as it should. I’ve already heard from one comicshop manager that she buys the minimum and won’t restock it. She said she hasn’t read it and isn’t likely to.

So I, like Sanders, am making an apeal to fans to buy the book. I won’t rehash what he says because he said it so much better (i.e. go read his post). But I hear what you’re saying…..

“Ed, why should I buy this comic? It’s 4 issues in. I could buy the trade. Does Batman guest star?”

C’mon. You know you won’t buy the trade despite your good intentions. If the trade comes out the same week as ALL-NEW X-MEN VOL 4, you’ll spend the money on that rather than PREZ VOL 1.

No, my friend, you need to be buying the individual comics.The cover to issue 4 of Prez

It’s the atavistic way sales are still judged in this weird world caught between monthlies, trades, and digital pubs. DC needs to know that the monthlies did well or they won’t do ^%$# to support this book as a trade or otherwise.

For the continuity nuts, there are little mentions here and there referencing the main DCU if that helps you decide.

There are also mentions of the writer’s, Mark Russell‘s, indie book God Is Disappointed In You (which is enlightening and funny as he summarizes the Old Testament in 200+ pages. Funny because there is stuff in the Old Testament where you wonder what some of the people back then were thinking but I digress).

Ok, end of appeal. Please go read the preview or better yet, the monthly books.

OR, let me know in the comments why not.

Onward!

–> e

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