cover image The Mueller Report: Graphic Novel

The Mueller Report: Graphic Novel

Shannon Wheeler and Steve Duin. IDW, $15.99 (208p) ISBN 978-1-68405-668-2

Wheeler (Sh*t My President Says) and Duin (Comics: Between the Panels) play it up for a lefty base (who may be familiar with Wheeler’s alt-press Too Much Coffee Man series) in their addition to the growing stack of graphic and parody titles to illustrate special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative report into Russian interference in the 2016 election, joining the more straitlaced entry by the Washington Post and others like Mewler Report: Mueller Report with Cats. This satirical summary makes no pretense at balance: the cover design depicts Mueller pursuing a fleeing baby president and the frontispiece has Trump defacing “E Pluribus Unum” by inserting an M to make ME. Wheeler breaks the report in half, covering first possible intrusion into the 2016 election, and then the potential collusion to cover it up. Caricatures and gags adorn and dance around commentary, such as when Vladimir Putin plays with puppets of Trump and Paul Manafort, or Trump eats trash food. A detailed timeline in the back breaks down events chronologically, but there are no annotations or a bibliography designating sources for analysis of the report. While it lacks nuance, the humor makes fast work of thorny material. This wisecracking digest version offers a resource for those already inclined against Trump, but who haven’t yet studied the report and want some chuckles as they catch up. [em](Sept.) [/em]