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"SKOTUS #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

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Written by Rob Wolinsky
Illustrated by Nicolo Arcuti
Colored by Francesco Farabi
Lettered by Micah Myers
2019, 30 Pages

Review:

All kinds of things have been said about the President of the United States, but what if he was a serial killer? Now that I'm on some kind of watchlist for that sentence, let's talk about SKOTUS (Serial Killer of the United States), following fictional president Theodore Voyage as he indulges in his murderous hobby while holding the highest office in the land.

SKOTUS wastes no time digging into the heinous and manipulative Voyage. He has an elaborate plan set up to keep his killing on the down-low that involves disguises and corrupt officials. It almost seems too complicated. This is the President we're talking about. Why does he need a Mission Impossible-style mask? Is that a DARPA thing?

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This disguise element gets a little confusing at times since we're bouncing between characters that have drastically changed their appearances. Is that Voyage that killed that guy? Or is it someone else?

We see Voyage in a variety of situations and for the most part, he keeps his cool. It isn't until the blood starts flowing that he gets that crazed look in his eyes. Artist Nicolo Arcuti balances these different sides well. On the surface, Voyage is your average old white guy, but if you dig a little deeper, you'll find a murderous madman. The transformation is a little startling.

To make matters even more disturbing, he sings the National Anthem when he commits his crimes. Letterer Micah Myers places these lyrics in a haunting manner, guiding us through each gory detail of Arcuti's artwork. The word balloons hang like ghostly homages to a simpler time.

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SKOTUS has some definite potential. It certainly has a killer hook, no pun intended. The path it takes to get there is a little convoluted. There's a Dexter vibe to the book, which is made even more frightening by the position the main character holds. Imagine him being found out and then pardoning himself.

Please note: I received an early black-and-white version of SKOTUS #1, so I can't comment on Francesco Farabi's colors or the 8-page prequel.

The creative team for SKOTUS is currently using Kickstarter to fund the release of the first issue.

Grades:

Story: Threestars Skotus 1 Small
Art: Threestars
Overall: Threestars

About The Author
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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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