Alvin Greene in Four Colors

When somebody says the words “Alvin Greene graphic novel” to you, the totally appropriate reaction will be skepticism. It’ll be exploitative, right? It’ll be a cash-in, won’t it?

Surprise: The Accidental Candidate is a fast, smart, educational, and deeply reported look at the 2010 U.S. Senate race in South Carolina. Corey Hutchins, an award-winning local reporter whose young age would enrage you if I printed it here, supplies plenty of color from the trail. (This separates it from some political graphic novels, that just cartoonify facts reported by other people.) David Axe, a veteran of the real-life-comics genre, shapes a script that switches between Greene’s pathetic biography and the raging politics of the Tea Party era. I talked to the authors; read it at the link.