The United States of America has gone through some stuff over the past few years. Although The Recount was written prior to this turmoil it almost feels too real, almost.
The Recount was written by Jonathan Hedrick with art by Gabo Ibarra Nuñez, and Joe Bocardo (chapter 4), colors by Sunil Ghagre, and letters by Cristian Docolomansky. The four-issue series was released by Scout Comics beginning in November 2020.
Over the past few years I have been leaning more towards great independent comics and stuff based in the real world, less superhero stuff. Not that I don’t still read my Marvel Comics.
In 2021, after the four-issue series wrapped, I stumbled upon The Recount and I was pleasantly surprised. Once I finished the four issues, I was begging for more.
Set in a far too realistic world where the US President is assassinated by one of his own security detail and a female Secret Service agent named Bree Barto must protect the Vice President at all costs from a mass conspiracy by a group calling themselves ‘The Masses’. With nowhere to turn and no one to trust, these two women with completely opposing political views and beliefs must work together to preserve what’s left of American democracy.
The mix between fiction and something that seems like it could be real had me glued to the pages. In addition to Hedrick’s great story, characters and flow of the book, the art by Nuñez keeps me engaged with the turning of each page.
The Recount is a great combination of action, thriller and drama that I makes me go back to reading the mini-series, over and over.
For a practically unknown creative team, The Recount is the perfect book to get their careers kick-started. So much so, the series was optioned for feature film by KadinCreative & Motor Content. Peter Landesman (Concussion, Kill the Messenger, Parkland) is set to direct and Nick Jones Jr. will co-write.
In May 2022, Hedrick teamed up with artist Gil Lopez to bring us another story entitled The Recount: Preamble which fed my addiction enough to get me by until the next time I can read this series.
Hedrick will join the Capes and Tights podcast in July 2022 to discuss The Recount and more. Get ready for the episode by reading trade paperback on ComiXology.