Writer: Gary Whitta
Artists: Ted Naifeth (Assisted by Aaron Farmer and Tristen Crane), Char Pfarr (colors)
Publisher: Image Comics
This Death Jr. story, as its predecessor, has a very simple format. Split into three parts, three issues go something like this: In part one, DJ (Death Jr.) starts on an adventure. The first time around it was the first day at a new school, and this time it is his first day as an intern in his fatherís company, Terminal Industries. Then comes part two, this monthís issue, and just like clockwork (i.e. the first mini), this part deals with DJ doing certain things, things that he considers and which at first glance appear to be completely innocent, only to realize later that this wasnít quite the case. Whatever it's taking his fatherís scythe and handing it over to the bad guy (previous mini) or taking his "seal" and using it to inadvertently cause Daddy getting screwed (this issue), something goes bad. In this case, Daddy not only gets ousted from his CEO position at Terminal Industries but from the company itself. Way to go, junior.
Along with this are two other subplots: the first one being the Summer Camp experience of DJís friends and the second (and smaller one) is DJís momís wish to do something "non-housework-like." Both of these, although not as big as the main plot, do tie in into it, be it Pandoraís breaking out of the camp (after a certain "I had a brilliant idea" email from DJ) or Momís leaving DJ and DD (Daddy-Death) at home to do the cleaning (while she goes in for her interview). Nevertheless, both of them have their funny moments, especially Daddy-Deathís lounging in front of the boob-tube and pickle his brain, I mean watch Daytime Television.
Then there is DDís story about the FIVE Horsemen. Narrated in a rock-group-esque style and involving Daddy Death, War, Famine, Pestilence and the fifth horseman BUREAUCRACY, this is easily the funniest part of the issue. As for the fifth horseman (i.e. Bureaucracy and the villain of this issue/story), it is none other than DJís current boss, William H. Cracy.
Conclusion: I almost forgot the third and final part of these DJ stories. It involves the usual butt kicking and the good guys winning, and even with so many things gone wrong, this issue manages to end on a hopeful note, with none other than DJís Girlfriend, Pandora coming to his aid. Way to go, Pandora!
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