Chronicles of a Global Monopoly
2051. The world's largest company, The Company, has seized power on a planetary scale and runs the world as if it were a business.
In a plutocracy, the richer one is, the more powerful one is. The elections have been replaced by general shareholders' meetings where the votes are linked to the number of shares owned by citizens. Government is made up of those who own the most shares and it is the laws of the market that govern everything, creating a strange political system. In this context, an anonymous citizen becomes compelled to uncover how the world came to this situation, without paying any attention to the official version.
Without knowing very well why, several members of the government end up encouraging him to carry out this investigation which apparently goes against their interests, by giving him access to all the information.
From then on, he decides to pursue two objectives: to discover the true history of The Company and to try to understand what are the various interests that are trying to influence his investigation. The truth behind this power and uncovering it can be frightening but he is determined and has little to lose.
At a time when it seems more and more natural that wealthy people such as Silvio Berlusconi or Donald Trump come to political power, this graphic novel envisions the possibility that, in the near future, the world will be governed by a plutocratic system in which it will go without saying that politics and wealth go hand in hand.
"Highly entertaining while at the same time thought-provoking."
-Midwest Book Review
"Dark, bleak and brimming with mordant satire, this trenchant tale is an ideal metaphor and warning for our times and one no contemplative rational consumer can afford to miss."
-Now Read This
"This eye-opening outing will carry an unsavory sense of familiarity for many readers in this troubled time. Martínez’s script brims with tension, and his drawings combine thick inks and agitprop styling."
"Plutocracy is fine entertainment, but it’s also a firm, memorable warning about the dangers of unfettered capitalism."
"Plutocracy is a piece of speculative fiction that presents a reality that is only different from ours in degrees. It is both chilling and illuminating, and like any great work it presents a story that will bring a reader to a new awareness of the reality around them."
-William Kulesa, Jersey Journal/NJ.com
"Shows how things could actually be worse. Depicts a world where money talks and democracy walks."
6x9, 144pp., full color HC, $24.99, ISBN 9781681122687;
ebook: $16.99, ISBN 9781681122694