- "How could we actually end up in a jacked-up dystopian future...starting from exactly where you are, right now? You wanna know the truth? Cuz I of all people can certainly fill you in on who's responsible. It was you, you useless prick. You did it."
This page is for the comic book Evil Empire. For the trope, see The Empire.
A twelve-issue comic series originally published in 2010-2011, Evil Empire tells the story of the evolution (devolution?) of American society after the murder of Courtney Laramy, wife of presidential candidate Senator Laramy. The senator reveals that he killed her while giving a press conference, and declares that society would be better if everyone just did whatever the fuck they wanted, whenever they wanted.
When he gets shot, things go from bad to worse and we see how an actual The Empire would and could come to be.
This comic shows examples of:
- Big Bad: Senator Laramy shapes up to be the leader of the Evil Empire. It turns out that he never intended for things to go this far. Duggins, the man that directed him on this path, however, is another story.
- BrotherSister Incest: Between Sam and his sister.
- For the Evulz: Duggins' entire motivation for turning America into a hellhole. Every thing he does just serves to Kick the Dog. He even makes a point that his meals must be made from endangered species.
- Freudian Excuse: Given (and fully explained) by Sam Duggins to explain how he "got so fucked up".
- How We Got Here: The comic starts in a run-down future, where a pair of cops executes a man for the crime of helping an old man against his assailants. After that, we go back to see how it all came to be, while regularly going back to the present.
- Meanwhile, in the Future : The story jumps back between the past (our present), where we're shown how the Empire came to be, and the present (our future), where The Resistance tries to bring it down.
- Parental Incest: The Duggins siblings and their parents.
- The Schlub Pub Seduction Deduction: Implied. In issue 5, when a Serial Killer named Ace Partner goes to a bar to search for a new victim, he is shocked to see a group of five women with a men tied to a table. The women are bragging that the man wishes that he was spending another night at that brothel instead of the bachelorette party, implying the women were having a bachelorette party and hired a male stripper they planned to murder.
- Villainous Incest: Sam Duggins and his sister, which continued from their parents.