Prez Volume 2 cancelled by DC Comics. That was the word from writer Mark Russell on Twitter. Prez impressed us enough to name it the best series of 2015, which wasn't an easy task, given some of the great comics that were published last year. Prez even won the National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award for best series. While sales were not strong, reviews were astounding and there was definite interest for the second half of the promised twelve issues to be published. DC Comics saw otherwise, so instead of the second half of the series, we're only getting a twelve-page "Election Special," coinciding with our actual Presidential Election.
It's not often that the second issue of a series turns out better than the first, but when it does, it becomes something special. Years ago, back when I tried to highlight times when comics stepped up the plate and managed to do things other than show super-heroes hitting things, I gave up when there were just too few cases of comics managing to say something more universal than the basic plot. DC Comics' Prez is changing all of that.
There are artists that I’m amazed are bigger names in the industry, but with Marvel’s current variety of artists and DC’s new direction, we’re getting a departure from the hyper-realistic style that’s evolved from Wildstorm, and starting to get guys like Ben Caldwell. You may have already seen his work most recently on Prez. Ben
I was really eager to read the new Prez series. I have a very fond place in my heart for Joe Simon's original Prez series which only ran for four issues. I'm a little disappointed that this is only going for twelve issues this time, but if the comic is good, I'll take whatever comes from it. I didn't know what to make of the new series, but was hopeful after DC's sneak preview, which takes place later in the series. Because of the elements of the story, this review could be considered to have spoilers in it. That being said, let's see about this new Prez series.
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