With an interesting political premise, Citizen Jack #1 delivers a boatload of scares and laughs to boot. An enjoyable horror comedy, the humorous tale is a creepy and modern update on the classic Faustian legend. In its dark reimagining, “Citizen Jack” basks in its absurdity and revels in spreading its mischievous glee.
WRITTEN BY: Sam Humphries
ART BY: Tommy Patterson
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE: Nov. 4, 2015
Remembering the youthful days of his prime, Jack Northworthy was on his way to becoming a star hockey player. But with the nonstop booze and sex clouding his judgment, everything fell apart for Jack when his injury cost him the big game. Now older and fatter, Northworthy is dissatisfied with life in general and yearns for the glory days. Willing to sell his soul, he has a chance to change everything when he makes a deal with the Devil.
Writer Sam Humphries has an interesting take on “Faust,” as he mixes the satirical humor with suspense. Jack has a demon next to him, whispering dark desires into his ear. Humphries keeps the readers guessing as to who is the real manipulator pulling the strings and the puppet. The demonic Marlinspike is just as a clever schemer as Northworthy.
Artist Tommy Patterson captures the eerie atmosphere in his moody one-pagers. When Jack takes a dip into the waters, notice the different type of sea monsters swimming around. You have giant fishes with fangs lurking in the murky waters. The sand even forms into the face of a skull.
Overall, Humphries and Patterson provide a lot of dark wit and jabs at politics to readers. This is a fun romp with demons and twisted bargains.
“Citizen Jack” #1 has a smart, scary, and very funny start. Looking forward to the next issue!
Rating: 4/5 skulls
Reviewed by Jorge Solis