Politicians don’t simply start as vulgar, cynical, money-grubbing pricks. I take that back, Jack Northworthy did. Politicians that start out as vulgar, cynical, money-grubbing pricks never find office. I take that back, look at our political system and who’s in office now. Citizen Jack #3, the continuing story of Jack Northworthy, from the minds of Sam Humphries and Tommy Patterson, is up there on the list of noteworthy comics of the year, prying at ideas that show us just how important comics are and can be outside of the superhero game.
The problem with our anti-hero, Jack, is he has no angel on his shoulder to balance out the Marlinspike on his other shoulder. That, in itself, is telling as to how Jack’s story may end: contemporary political tragedy with the sharpened teeth of satire. But, where is this going to go exactly? Marlinspike manipulates in a way only Iago could – it’s hard to suss out what its ultimate goal could be at the end of each issue, much less at the end of the game. The same can be said for Jack’s campaign manager who we see pressing forward with a plan of her own.
And, with every twist and turn Jack runs into, every fence laid in his path, the roots of cynicism in the political world hold stronger, dig deeper. How far will he go? What atrocity will he be a part of next, as Marlinspike’s claws sink deeper? I can’t wait to find out in the next issue.