On The Stump #1
Written By: Chuck Brown
Art By: Francesco “Prenzy” Chiaparra
Lettering By: Clayton Cowles
Edited By: Shanna Matuszak
In this world, the year 1968 marked the beginning of elections in the United States going a whole lot different than we know them. Each election is decided by an old school fist to cuffs in the arenas called stumps to decide legislature and elections. Is this bloody knuckle brawl a good read? Let’s find out.
After a tough match he was supposed to throw but chose to stand up for the first time in years, Senator Jack Hammer is enlisted to assist FBI Agent Annabelle Lister in exposing the corruption by other people in seats of power who want to bring murder into the ring. With those individuals working in the shadows to silence anyone threatening their plans, it’s up to Hammer and Lister to bring it all to an end.
Opinions and Such:
A story this intense is very appreciated given the current political climate. Writer of books such as Bitter Root, Rotten Apple, and The Quiet Kind, Chuck Brown paints this world in a visceral unapologetic take on American society that for all tense and purposes is this world’s norm. They train folks to duke it out and be their politicians in a twisted mirroring of the current norm we face within politics. It even comes equipped with its own form of crooked people in office. The story doesn’t shy away from taking shots at those who threaten the freedom of the press, those involved in assassinations, and the struggle to even have any real humanity while being in a seat of political power. The commentary on display is no holds barred and it’s winning the match as it unfolds.
Artist Prenzy, with previous works like Wrestlers in Space and The Vagabond, brings Brown’s world to life in all its fury and glory. From all the punches and bruises, you might just lose your head. There is a lot of bloodshed even outside the stump and it warrants a warning or two. Squeamish folk beware, but for those who can handle this beautifully drawn violence, it’s definitely a treat.