LEX LUTHOR/PORKY PIG SPECIAL #1 Remastered Review - Your Corporate Job but Worse...
Updated: Apr 22, 2020
• DC Comics (Publisher)
"You never really sell your soul. You kind of rent it out until it's all gone."
-- Porky Pig
Well, this was unexpected and timely...
I used to manage a Rent-A-Center in the early 2000s. I currently work in a corporate setting and often see leadership put into the compromised position of trying to please upper management and balance the position of leadership with the expectation to deliver results at all costs.
If the middle management succeeds they are deemed heroes in promoting the corporation's culture and value system. If they fail they usually get the brunt of the punishment from the corporate overloads.
Porky Pig is in a bad spot when this issue opens. He's has made a fortune in cryptocurrencies. The boom goes bust and he ends up losing everything including his fortune and marriage. He contemplates suicide but during a chance encounter with Lex Luthor, he accepts a job at Lexcorp, becoming the head of Luthor's social media branch.
This is Porky's second chance and he's desperate to not screw up again. He begins to compromise his integrity in order to push Luthor's agenda even as it becomes clear that Luthor's plans aren't entirely above board. This comic is the inverse of the Joker/Daffy Duck one-shot that was also released. This one is actually good.
Mark Russell's writing made a hell of an impression on me this week. It's not surprising though. He also wrote The Snagglepuss Chronicles, which was my series of the year. This version of Porky is pretty sad and pathetic. The Irony is that there are a lot of people living in their cubicles every day not too far removed from Porky's position.
The art is solid, Andrew Hennessy and Bradley Walker do a great job of moving this story along. This is surprising considering how depressing many of the underlying themes of this comic. The plot is also hilarious in during the fleeting moments when Porky pick isn't considering hanging himself. The mystery regarding who is is stealing lunches in the office made me chuckle. I literally bust out loud when the identity of the sandwich thief was revealed.
This comic was amazing and also highlights the reason why I won't get back into corporate leadership. Yeah, the pay can be great and you get the prestige of having the " Corporate Leadership Title" but in many instances, it just isn't worth the hassle.
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