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.
With next fall's television schedule packed with comic book shows, it seemed like the perfect time to break out a list of comics we'd love to see as a TV series. The rules are simple, the comic cannot have already been adapted for television, nor already be adapted from a television series. Sorry, Jem and the Holograms, but seriously bring that back with the tone of this current comic series. Also, animated adaptations are not included in being previously adapted. We're talking about live action television series here.
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.
I once did an article on Five Marvel characters that need a feature film, but never got around to doing a list for DC characters. Well, now is the time, and I'm not limiting the projects to films, because DC television series are actually doing very well, although there have been some missteps, they keep trying. Rules are simple, they cannot have a planned project officially in the works. They also cannot have had a shot at a live action movie or TV series in the past. Also, this list is simply my own opinions. These would also have to incorporate into the building DC Cinematic Universe or the Flash/Arrow continuity, although not with guest appearances necessarily, but acknowledgement of events in those films and/or episodes.
People love lists and so we're going to try a swing at doing one, sparked by this week's issue of Multiversity, which I was going to review but thought this was a more proper way to address it. For the Top 10 Alternate Earths, the only definition is that they have to be designated as an "official" Alternate Earth, either by their appearance or reference in a comic book story. That's it. Because they've done much more exploration of their respective multiverses, all of the list is from DC and Marvel, but nearly making the list was This Savage World from Savage Dragon, the world of Tomas Stone from Tom Strong, as well as DC's Earth-Prime, The DC Television Universe, aka the Arrowverse, and the pre-Crisis Earth-2. What made the list? Read on.
PREZ #4 March 1974 Some people might think I'm out of my mind to put this one here, but it's the holidays, so I'm feeling like sharing gems in the history of comics, especially by any of the cornerstone creators of the comic book genre.. I do own a copy of this gem, though. As a matter of fact, I have every issue of this series and only lack the comic that has Supergirl carrying Prez on the cover to have every appearance of this character. SYNOPSIS: After returning from a state trip to the European nation of Moravia, where Prez's administration has helped build a billion-dollar canal for irrigation, Prez and Eagle Free (head of the CIA) remark on the Moravians' strange custom of wearing garlic wreaths. That night, the White House is unexpectedly visited by a bat shaped helicopter carrying Wolfman, the Transylvanian ambassador. It seems that the Moravian canal has drained the lakes of Transylvania. When Prez refuses to destroy the canal, the Wolfman delivers a formal declaration of war on behalf of his country's leader, Count Dracula. Wolfman storms out, with no one realizing that he has left his coffin-shaped briefcase behind.