Story and Art: David Hutchison
Coloring: Wes Hartman
Cover Art: Brian Denham
Edited: Doug Dlin and Wes Hartman
President Evil #1 tells the story of Barack Obama who after winning the election, crashes his plan in Washington only to discover that there has been a zombie apocalypse. Using the abilities of his suit (tie and jacket), Obama is able to have super strength that he uses to destroy the zombie hordes. What follows is a linear story of Obama going from point A to point B as he travels towards the white house. Along the way he meets old foes who this time are willing to help him, Sarah Paladin, John McPain, and Dick Chainsaw. A goofy cameo is the climax to the comic, giving the only incentive to read the next issue.
What this comic does really well, is present violence and crystal clear artwork. The gore and action on the pages really shine in-between the conversations. The characters and the zombies look fantastic though it is not hard to make good looking comics these days with computer technology. If you look closely enough, there is a touch of some anime design, which I thought was neat (blending the Western and Eastern designs). The aesthetics of the comic though cannot cover up the lack of compelling or intriguing dialog. The story is far too simplistic and linear for my taste. Like I stated before, Obama just makes his way to the White House and finds friends along the way. That’s it. It might have worked if the dialog was not like; “Let’s go this way” “ok!” initiate zombie attack, and then repeat. This simple narrative and construction bored me, though the last scene was worth the trudging through twenty seven pages.
I would only recommend this comic to those who just want to kill ten minutes rather than read a good comic. The superficial nature of the comic runs out of steam within the first few pages. It made more sense in 2009 but now it seems very dated and non-topical. There are plenty of other good reads out there that are worth your three dollars. I really wish that the writers played more with smart irony and other comedic elements instead of trying to appeal of the zombie fad.