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Polygon Explains Everything: Prez, a comic about the first US president elected by Twitter

Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

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Prez is a DC Comics series about a teenage girl who is accidentally elected president of the United States in a future world that's as bright and colorful as it is dystopian.

It's also the subject of the first installment of Polygon Explains Everything, a new video series that we'll be using as a place to talk about...

  • Stuff we enjoy, consume and can't stop thinking about
  • That isn't a video game
  • That we think you'd like to enjoy, consume and be unable to stop thinking about
  • But that you might not be aware of yet

Prez meets all of those criteria. It's a funny, pointed, smart satire of American politics that's very much an odd-comic-out in DC's lineup of superhero titles. The pitch — a teenage girl becoming the first president of the United States elected through Twitter — isn't necessarily evocative of how seriously the comic takes its concept, or how it's using that absurd situation to throw barbs at everything from social media to capitalism to done warfare. In a lot of ways, Prez is fighting the fight against apathy, much like the 1970s-era comic it's based on.

Oh, did we mention that Prez is that most comic-booky of concepts, the reboot? We'd say more, but maybe you should just watch the video. It explains everything.

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