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REVIEW: The Recount: Preamble #1


REVIEW: The Recount: Preamble #1

Book Title: The Recount: Preamble #1

Book Description: “The Recount” burst onto the scene in November, 2020. It was a hard hitting story that had its finger on the pulse of a politically charged nation. A terrorist group called “The Masses” assassinates the President of the United States for being corrupt. They then hijack the airwaves and broadcast that they are going to tear down everyone that put the president into power. They have everyone’s names. The corporate CEOs that made illegal campaign contributions, congressmen that put him on committees, even the tally sheets from Election Day. Nobody is safe. From there we watch our country fall into chaos for “The Masses”. Every story has a beginning. “The Recount: Preamble” takes us back in time. We’re going to November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas. History knows this as the day Kennedy was shot. In this series it’s the day Phil Pontus, leader of “The Masses”, was born. Phil had the misfortune of being born at the hospital President Kennedy was taken to. There were complications during his delivery. Every doctor in the building was attending to the needs of the first family. The highest ranking medical practitioner in the room with Pontus and his mother was a nurse that graduated from nursing school less than six months prior. She didn’t know how to help.Pontus learned at a very early age to be too important to be ignored. We see the rise of Pontus through the military, culminating with him winning the Congressional Medal of Honor. From there we see him in the political arena, rising as high as Vice President of the United States. We also see his fall, and how he finds himself forming “The Masses”.

Book Author: Jonathan Hedrick

Book Format: Paperback

Publisher - Orgnization: Scout Comics

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Illustrator: Ruben Gil

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I loved “The Recount” when it came out. Since it’s conclusion I have been eagerly waiting for more. It has been a long year of waiting. “The Recount: Preamble” was worth it. It’s better than the original. The history junkie in me loved how the story is intertwined with actual moments in American history.

While the original frightened us because of how close to home it came, there didn’t seem to be a method to the madness of “The Masses”. Their only apparent motivation is to show just how corrupt the sitting president was and instill anarchy. In this issue we get the meat and potatoes about WHY “The Masses” are doing what they are doing.

I really liked how the colors from the flag line up with the red on the clown mask. First of all, it’s eye-catching. Secondly, it sets an undertone for the story: Phil Pontus is seeing red for everything that has happened along the way.

The artwork on the interior pages is very powerful as it takes us through the decades. The handlebar mustache is a nice touch. I loved the panels that covered the hostage situation in Venezuela.

As a geek on a budget I’m all in on “The Recount: Preamble “. It’s a great read as a stand-alone one shot. Its effectiveness does nothing but multiply if you are familiar with the original series. It has action, drama, and a surprise or two of its own.

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I grew up loving all things geek. I started reading and collecting comics when I was 8. My personal collection has roughly 8,000 books in it. When I’m not doing something geek-related I love spending time with my amazing wife and kids, gaming, and working on cross stitch projects.

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