It’s not very often that I’m given the option to review an original work of passion that is relevant to my interest and to the current fears of individuals. Where most writers are making references to the current financial, social and economic status via supernatural vehicles like zombies, werewolves, and mutants, ‘DEATH TAX,’ written by Jeremy Holt, uses fear that hits closer to home.
The opening to death tax puts the reader on the cusp of what seems to be a full economic and financial downfall of the Federal Reserve and America’s economy. According the story, the global banks teamed up together with the IMF, and are excluding the associations with the FR. There is no denying the fact that THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANK IS THE REASON FOR AMERICA ‘S FALL FROM POWER AND THE SOURCE OF ITS INCREASING PROBLEMS, however Holt displays what looks like a terrifying extreme, of a reality that most definitely can happen.
The entire comic has fantastic reference, without crossing lawful limits, to the fast food industry, religion, and the struggles of the average business and corporations. Thrown within these struggles is the theme of human survival, which will raise the question to most readers “would I do the same?” The Artwork (by Renzo Podesta) is generally simplistic, which is extremely fitting for the story, I couldn’t really see Technicolor and fluorescent tones used in what I consider a “bleak, sad, testament to the human will.”
Jonah the main character, struggles with his own demons, which I hope to see developed further. He speaks internally, to a character unknown to us as of yet, to which he has a history with, and a painful regret for their death. I couldn’t really get a full understanding of his personality just yet, but look forward to seeing more of him, as I really believe he reflects the average person who will eventually become a result of his surroundings. Sarah, who is already established as a caring, strong willed woman, is another main character. She gives me a “bad-ass chick” vibe with loyalties to friends’ family, etc. Which in a world of to ‘each his own’ should be great to see themes of desperation mixed with.
Overall, I think that DEATH TAX is without a question a story worth following and worth seeing how the characters deal with an increasingly shitty state. The story makes reference to real life events, associations, and government institution, which I like a lot. Keep an eye out for this folks; it may paint a picture of a road we potentially can travel.
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