You are reading a story about a dystopian future, you’re walking straight into a situation that has been stewing in it’s moral ineptitude for quite a while, everyone in the story is wondering to themselves “how did it get this way? How did we fall so far?”. The story isn’t about exactly how they got there but how people can get back to a stage of normalcy. No matter how bad your world gets or how much we ignore, a hero will come along and wake us all up. Why not try to stop it while the shit first starts to come down? This is what Evil Empire by Max Bemis is about. A very realistic and close look at how the road to oblivion is paved by the voter.
The artwork is very good, Ransom Getty has created characters that are rich in personality and expression, slipping only slightly in some facial expression that require more depth and long shots which need more detail. The panels are very easy to follow and the lettering by Ed Dukeshire is not at all confusing. This is a very well-crafted comic which feels more like a graphic novel. It gives us a lot of information but allows us to follow it at a pace where we don’t have to read back on anything. Evil Empire cuts up intense social satire with some well-placed humour and still manages to create an uneasy atmosphere.
My prediction is that we will witness the birth of monsters, the stifling of truth and the steady surrender of liberty. Welcome to the future.