Welcome back to the Kingdom of Bums, a deceptively complex society that opens up a little more to show just how industrialized our homeless heroes can be. Issue #2 gives a thorough introduction to the bumpire while maintaining the frantic politics of a Lord of the Flies ‘eye for an eye’ or ‘thumb for a thumb’ type scenario. My Kingdom for a Bumpire! What we have on the page is a complex and large-scale society existing in the plain eye of us normies with homes and jobs. The whole society of bumdom is a complex blend of irony and industry; from support groups like Bums Without Thumbs to business fronts and complex trash collection coordination. All of this serves to remind the reader not to take things too seriously. Despite the dire consequences you’d expect in a political upheaval each terribly violent event carries with it small reminders that this is supposed to be silly and fun (see Iggy losing his bum buddy Stooge to start the book).
This is very much a story of political upheaval. Groups quickly organize and actively recruit. It certainly feels like Frank Underwood’s type of underground.
The pencils and colors are fantastic. It’s a pleasure to revel amidst the small details of the Bum Kingdom. It should be no surprise that the entire society is generally filthy and crude; despite the lack of shine it is still a vibrant world worth perusing.
Kingdom Bum is a fun political spoof. Issue #2 brings us readers further into the fold and exposes a sophistication that in and of itself is ironic given the bum theme. I feel primed for the fallout and the furthering of the violent political strife in the next issue.
Kingdom Bum #2 Writers: Adam Wollet, Rick Marshall Artist: Jon Reed Publisher: Action Lab/Danger Zone Price: $3.99 Release Date: 01/20/16 Format: Mini-Series; Print/Digital