Prez #1

Prez #1

Writer: Mark Russell Artist: Ben Caldwell Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 17, 2015 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 16
8.5Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

Meet Beth Ross, the first teenaged President of the United States. In a nation where corporations can run for office, the poor are used as human billboards, and tacos are delivered by drone, our only hope is this nineteen-year-old Twitter sensation. But the real question isn't whether she's ready for politics - it's whether politics is ready for her. Don't miss the start of this new, 12-issue miniseries!

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Shane Tydeman Jul 5, 2015

    Well written piece by Russell and beautifully crafted by Caldwell and the pacing is like that of a TV drama and is easy to follow considering it's very intelligent. What is detailed in the story, it shows the dependencies of social media in a world that has forgotten common sense. How many hits means more than credibility! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jun 17, 2015

    This is me, is there any shock that I wouldn't enjoy the series? So far, out of all of the new DC series I've read, this one is my favorite, and thankfully we have a year to enjoy it. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Jun 17, 2015

    Prez #1 was a great surprise. It features a well-developed main character and funny (and almost sad) take on the future America, while also delivering some solid writing and artwork. This is probably one of the most unique and out there titles DC is going to be offering this month and honestly, you shouldn't miss out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Jun 17, 2015

    Unlike previous attempts at obscure retro revivals (such as The Green Team), PREZ works right out of the gate, taking its time to build up its world a panel at a time. It's almost a shame that this is a finite series, as we could foresee this expanding indefinitely. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 18, 2015

    This is a goofy book in some ways, but it has something valid to say without being preachy or carrying a hidden agenda. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jun 18, 2015

    A book like this is definitely a risk for a publisher that makes its money on capes and cowls, but it's exciting to see DC truly expanding their publishing line in a way that their competitors haven't. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Needless Essentials Online - Stan Ford Jun 19, 2015

    We've got another series with a young, female protagonist that is not defined by her appearance, but by her motives. Those motives are admirable and directed towards helping. With her social station, that help is focused on those close to her, but it'll be interesting to see what happens when she has the capability to help millions of people. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Jun 23, 2015

    Prez #1 is a breath of fresh air for me in the DC line-up. This is a blessing and it could turn out to be a curse since DC's past forays into non-super-hero books have generally not sold very well. Here's hoping the fans lured in by the #DCYou campaign will be more amenable to something that's not the standard super-hero fare. Since it is a 12 issue limited seres (even though there's no indication of that on the cover) it should be able to tell its complete story arc, which is a good thing. I hope it sells well enough that it will cause DC to do more “non mainstream” projects like this in future. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Danny Wall Jun 24, 2015

    With enough discomforting satire and wonderfully detailed art, though, it's almost like a Vertigo title or "indie" comic in its complexity and ambition. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jun 18, 2015

    Savagely (but humorously) lampooning pop culture and the issues of the day, in the style of ‘The Running Man.' Enjoyable stuff… Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Multiversity Comics - James Johnston Jun 18, 2015

    All politics aside, “Prez” isn't just a particularly colorful episode of Bill Maher. It also happens to be funny. Darkly funny. Of particular note is Campbell's colorful gameshow where contestants are made to go through courses that make Ninja Warrior look like Double Dare 2000. One contestant, an immigrant from Mexico, makes it through all the death traps to find one last challenge: shoot himself with a handgun. In an other artist's hands, this could be the most horrific moment of the book. And while it's still surpassed every offensive thing DC has published in the past five years, Campbell's depiction of the vibrant crowd cheering makes it hard to not laugh. Maybe that's good old funny laughter, but it could also be laughter out of discomfort, shock, or fear. It's a real litmus test of a scene. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Geeked Out Nation - Grant Raycroft Jun 18, 2015

    Prez is something like lightning in a bottle. As the American presidential race heats up, this book is astoundingly well timed with smart humor and commentary on not just the US campaign culture but how it turns into the same game of trend chasing that defines social media and subscription farming. It's snarp without deprecating, and a blast to read. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori-Griffith Jun 17, 2015

    Prez #1 is only the start of Beth Rosss journey to the White House, set still well before the eight-page preview weve seen, but with a bunch of background and some sinister set-up, Russell and Caldwell have us off and running. Another female-led title this week that stands far apart from the expected and what we already have, Prez is most definitely the book to watch in the next few months. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Joel Bowers Jun 18, 2015

    While this looks like something everyone should sweep under the rug, This is actually a decent surprise. This isn't just a good book, it is a terrific book! It feels like something DC would never do, It's our lil' slice of indie in our DCYou. While we have not been fully introduced to our cast, the characters we have now are great. The more important thing is how this world was created in one issue having turned this nation upside down. This book is dark satirical political book and is humorous in its analyses and predictions, It was a great read for me and I will be back for more corn dogs. Read Full Review

  • 8.4 - Chase Magnett Jun 17, 2015

    It's the potent combination of fierce ideas and rich, enjoyable art that really makes Prez work. Never vitriolic nor too silly, it walks the same razor's edge that any good satire must, cutting its audience without them even noticing. For an issue that works only to establish tone and setting, Prez is surprisingly effective. If the titular character has as much life to her as this world, then this series ought to be a real delight. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jun 20, 2015

    This isn't the Daily Show, but Prez is a pretty solid satire. Russell takes some fun jabs at politics and the Internet Age, and I feel like, given time, he could really start turning the screws. Part Idiocracy, part Republicans are evil, Prez is a story about the insanity of the modern day pushed to the nth degree. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Booked - Julien Loeper Jun 20, 2015

    Prez is one of those comics that Ill do nothing but praise, even if it is flawed. The only thing that makes me unsure about is the idea of making the politics, and subsequently the humor, relevant because Ive always felt that relevancy dates a piece of work and has often made things unreadable at times. Even then, Prez is the kind of book that is really freaking good and even though it doesnt totally fit within DC by normal DC standards, it is the exact kind of book they should be doing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Marykate Jasper Jun 22, 2015

    "Prez" #1 gives me a lot to be excited about, from its darkly funny future to its energetic artwork. Most of all, though, I'm excited to see DC taking a genuine chance with this new miniseries. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - C.K. Stewart Jun 22, 2015

    There is promise for Prez, but this debut issue still feels like a swing and a miss. Russell's send-up of corporate politics is a valuable and necessary critique of the current status quo, but here the titular teen Prez feels like an afterthought amidst sometimes curmudgeonly perspectives on social media and actual voters. With luck, future issues will bring our new accidental President and her relatable story to the forefront, making her an everyman we can root for against our secretive corporate overlords. Read Full Review

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