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Barack the Barbarian: Quest for the Treasure of the Stimuli by Larry Hama (writer), Christopher Schons (artist), Rachelle Rosenberg (colorist), Crank! (letterer), Evan Sult (editor/designer)

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Regardless of your politics (although there’s no mistaking where longtime comics creator Larry Hama and the rest of his funny cronies’ loyalties lie), you will definitely find many moments to guffaw over in this four-part comic series too entertaining to put down!

The New Ice Age has destroyed civilization as we know it. Grandfather Seal Hunter gathers his many (multi-culti hapa quadroopa – and is that Aang to his right? ) grandkiddies in the family igloo complex to tell them stories of the last great hero …!

“Know, O Prince, that before the glaciers at the world and the rise of the Sons of Inuit, there was an Age undreamed of, when shining republics lay spread across the earth like warm bison blankets under the stars –

“Britannia, land of crooked teeth; Franconia, famed for soft cheeses, Nippon, target of giant monsters; Suissebancara, with its gnome-guarded vault – but the proudest republic of the world was Merika, reigning supreme in the steaming west.”

And who should arrive, saddled atop a blue donkey, into the “most wicked and corrupt of cities, where every word uttered was a lie, and every soul was for sale,” but none other than Barack the Barbarian! Hey, some of us still have to call “… wanton, waspish, willful Warshingtun” home!

With Manny the Fixer at his side, Barack is ready to fight for change and overthrow the wicked wizards who have brought the great country to chaotic ruin. Together with the mighty Hilaria and her own sidekick, “has-been Bill,” it’s a mad race to the top of the Elephant Tower. Hot on their trail is The Old Warrior and Red Sarah, the fighting queen of the north: “I respected him – ’til he teamed up with her,” one of the bar brawlers notes. Even as Boosh the Dim and his Vizier, Harry Burden, try to destroy all the evidence of their corrupt, despotic reign, they are no match for the can-do determination of Barack the Barbarian!

How can you possibly resist such a glorious tale??!!

Readers: Young Adult, Adult

Published: 2009


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