Caleb Briggs, eldest Briggs son and member of the white power movement, forces a local business owner and family partner into selling his company. Grace learns more about her incarcerated husband’s attempt at getting revenge, and is advised to file for divorce. What the heck is going on, honestly? This world is filled with chaos, and it’s nothing we haven’t seen…
I have never read a comic book more relevant than this. Anti-government ideals, secessionists, white power, religious extremism, criminal activity, money laundering, threats, murder, racism, an excess of guns, violence, divorce, hate, and pure terror. It’s unfortunate to say that this series very accurately represents our current society, government, and world.
Writer Brian Wood is eerily on point when it comes to the societal aspects of his script. Watching the news nowadays, we can see that white power is a more-than-popular way of looking at life. When any writer can relate their writing to real life, you know they’ve done a good job.
The only thing wrong with the content is that some readers might find it offensive. The inclusion of racial slurs and profanity make this issue (and series as a whole) a little difficult to swallow. If you’re easily offended, you probably shouldn’t read this issue. “Mature,” adult audiences, go crazy, because this is one damn good issue.
Although not all too much happens in this issue—there aren’t many big developments—we learn a lot more about the characters (Caleb, particularly) and what they’re capable of. Judging by the language used, too, we can tell that everyone in Briggs Land speaks very, very seriously. The tone is very formal and persistent. These characters are all business all the time and, to be honest, it’s a little intimidating.
Mack Chater’s artwork is just as unsettling as the script and content therein. While I want to say that the artwork lets the characters be expressive, the characters themselves don’t show a lot of expression. This is, however, one time when that’s a good thing. The stoic nature of Caleb as he forces a family friend into retirement is unwavering and rather eerie, too. Their lack of emotion just adds to the characterization; the psychopathic tendencies of Caleb and his crew—beating up an old man, killing a dog, etc.—cannot be overpowered by anything else in this issue. The dull colors and heavy shadowing help create a suspenseful tone for the story and uphold everything that Caleb is about.
Clearly, the creative team has done its job. This series gets more and more interesting with every issue. Not only that, but I get more on edge every time I read this series. Yeah, I feel for the people in the comic, but it reminds me more of what real life is like, and any book that can evoke that kind of fear has been written almost too well. I fully and wholeheartedly recommend this book to any and every adult that can handle some offensive profanity and violence. Trust me; this is well worth the read.
Written by: Brian Wood
Illustrated by: Mack Chater