Book Title: Killadelphia #15
Book Description: Thomas Jefferson is gathering his thoughts. He knows that he will be joining this civil war between humans and vampires. He firmly believes that whichever side he chooses will emerge victorious. He’s also convinced that when it’s all said and done he will be President and John Adams will be Vice President. Elsewhere See Saw is on a spiritual journey. It’s not a metaphorical journey. His body is curled up on the floor in the Sangster home while his spirit communes with Jesus, Buddha, and Mohammed, amongst others. See Saw is trying to find a god to embrace that will actually step in to help rather than watch from the sidelines. Hopefully See Saw’s journey won’t take too long. Toppy and his crew of vampires have declared war on the Sangster homestead.
Book Author: Rodney Barnes
Book Format: Paperback
Publisher - Orgnization: Image Comics
Illustrator: Jason Shawn Alexander
“America promotes the idea of freedom, yet operates in a state of economic tribalism designed for feast or famine.” We see those words on the very first page of this issue. The fact that this book with those words was released for sale the same week that a billionaire put himself in space for ten minutes while ignoring real problems people in this country are having is rather poignant.
How many families could have been fed for a year with what this “space flight” cost? How many people afflicted with addiction issues could have been put through rehab and been given a new lease on life? The well fed prosper while the hungry look on developing a feeling of malcontent.
“The opinions of those whom popular culture claims to despise now thrive. The voice once a whisper consigned to the shadows of shame now screams for all to hear.” Mr. Barnes is writing about how racism has been allowed to run rampant, unchecked. In Texas school curriculums have been adjusted to omit any references to the KKK being bad, while also redacting the Tulsa Massacre from history books. Where is the outrage?
People cling to their racism under the guise of claiming that the Confederacy is “part of our heritage”. The Confederacy lasted four years. I have t-shirts that have lasted longer. The South’s glory days were built on the backs of slave labor. Accept it. Own it. Find a way to move on and make life better for everyone without violating basic human rights.
I was a big fan of the way Mr. Barnes approached religion in this issue. How can gods that claim to love us sit back and allow so many atrocities to take place? I could agree with the concept that as a parent you have to let your children struggle from time to time. What’s taking place goes beyond that. This is absenteeism. This is dad letting the kids play with a crate of fireworks while he goes inside to watch the game.
Mr. Barnes has given us the best economic/social/political think piece that I’ve seen in quite some time. I love how he’s not afraid to pull punches. That’s exactly what this country needs right now.
The cover on Killadelphia #15 wasn’t quite my jam. I appreciate how it’s a mosaic of multiple characters. It just doesn’t draw me in like I’d expect a cover to.
Once again Jason Shawn Alexander’s artwork is rock solid. I’m rather fond of the panels describing how Thomas Jefferson will decide which side he’ll join. It was also nice to see Jupiter again.
As a geek on a budget I’m all in on Killadelphia #15. This has to be one of the best comic books I’ve read in quite some time. It has drama, action, and slaps the reader upside the head and says to fix our country. My biggest hope is that people will embrace it and take the proper steps to make the changes we need.
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