Inspired by the American elections, The Recount is a fantastic exploration of the level of drive people have after feeling as though they have no voice. Reminiscent of Mr. Robot and Designated Survivor, this book pulls no punches in establishing its unique presence. With the basic premise of this being about a presidential assassination and the conspiracy behind a rigged election, Jonathan Hedrick really has his finger on the pulse of our current political climate. It’s a unique task to uphold, but the execution of this issue is some of the finest storytelling that has been told within the thriller genre. It’s a unique perspective that really gravitates toward how our ethos can propel our political current forward.
Jonathan Hedrick’s narrative pacing is like a fine scalpel in the way it deftly allows this story to unfold. At times political espionage, others a simple modern horror, The Recount truly follows its own pace. Following a brutal opening that simply jolts the reader and instantly sells the high stakes of this story, there is also this unique character moment within the first five pages that properly cement us into this brave new world. Hedrick may be a relative newcomer to writing comics, but this debut really shows off the power of his storytelling.
Alongside the storytelling, artist Gabriel Elias Ibarra Nunez is a unique artist in how they manage to emote the people within this absurd situation. The ability to ground these characters through their expressions is a nuanced bit of storytelling. Colorist Sunil Ghagre properly visualizes this by distinguishing the unique mediums placed into these visuals. Letterer Christian Docolomansky properly inflects the voices of these people well and offers enough visual distinction in their voices to make the storytelling easy to follow.
Overall, The Recount offers a unique narrative that properly captures the emotive force that Americans are experiencing as a result of the recent elections, and hones in on the anger that comes as a result of people feeling disenfranchised from the institutions they uphold.
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