The depiction of [Alvin] Greene by both the writers and [artist Blue] Delliquanti seems to be deliberately unadorned, conveying not only the uncertain sense that Greene might not be “all there,” but also that he lives his life largely in his head as a misunderstood loner whose poor communication skills make him come across as less intelligent than he actually is. [Corey] Hutchins and [David] Axe don’t shy away from some of the more off-the-wall ideas that Greene came up with during the race — his suggestion that action figures of himself be made and sold to jump-start the economy and his claim that [Sen. Jim] DeMint single-handedly started the recession, for example — but they avoid making those moments merely punch lines. Greene’s opponent in the primary, Vic Rawl, also comes off pretty well as an embattled defender of election fairness and democratic responsibility. It is primarily party figures on both sides who come off badly, as the writers read the Tea Party riot act and come down on the bumbling ineffectiveness of leadership in South Carolina’s Democratic Party.
by DAVID AXE