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I dedicate this blog to comics in all forms, manga, autobio, superhero, art books, etc.  And of course, since I need a challenge, I've decided that I'll read and write (short) reviews for 365 comics during 2015.

Good Samaritans

The Tithe Volume 1 - Rahsan Ekedal, Matt Hawkins

This comic follows the story of Samaritan, a hacker group that has taken on Megachurches across the U.S. to expose the preachers for what they are, scam artists.  Robbing the overstuffed vaults and hacking into church broadcasts Samaritan tries to reveal where the hard earned money believers are donating to these churches is really going.  Funding lavish vacations, drug habits and call girls for their beloved leaders.


I liked the heist/cat and mouse plot that this comic followed, but there were some aspects that were less successful.  On a whole it's a good story, the art is also good, people stayed true throughout the comic, facial expressions were actually good for both genders (I know, no porn faces, amazing!) and the story flowed smoothly to the conclusion.

However, I was slightly annoyed by the obvious direction of the comic.  It was an unoriginal plot from start to finish including the romance.  Of course the FBI would assume that the hacker he was set against was a man and then immediately crush on the hot white chick who turns out to be his hackerversity.  Of course her crew would fall apart because half of them are drug addicts and the other is just a meat-head out for revenge.


And, of course, the only one to survive is the leader (who caused everyone's deaths, right?) and she's offered a job with the FBI and Jimmy (who should really be fired because he's a total slacker).  I wanted to like this more than I did, but even despite pointing the finger at the megachurches, there was no real discussion or thoughtfulness to the activism represented, in the end it's just a bit too safe and boring.