Survival Street

Dark Horse Comics Apr. 2023. 120p. ISBN 9781506731148. pap. $19.99. SF
In a near-future U.S., corporations and billionaire elites seize control of the government, privatize utilities, and transform the country into a nightmarish collection of feudal states inhabited by a populace rendered docile by disinformation and the grueling struggle to earn a living. When the puppet stars of a public-access edutainment series called Salutation Street are deemed a threat to the status quo and targeted for extermination, they go underground and reinvent themselves as freedom fighters. As they ambush an auction of enslaved people, clash against the powerful Weapons Retailers of America organization, and liberate migrant children forced to fight forest fires, those who would prey upon other humans come to understand that the only thing more dangerous than a puppet who prioritizes compassion and equality is one willing to fight for their principles by whatever means necessary. This volume collects the first four issues of an ongoing series.
VERDICT Absurd humor and hyper-violence collide in this blisteringly satirical mash-up of Sesame Street and Robocop from Asmus (Rick and Morty) and Festante (Field Tripping).
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