REVIEW: 'Billionaire Island' #1 by Mark Russell and Steve Pugh

A savage satire reuniting the critically acclaimed team behind DC's The Flintstones, Mark Russell (Second Coming) and Steve Pugh (Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass), in an all-new creator-owned series! Welcome to Billionaire Island, where anything goes...if you can afford it. But the island's ultra-rich inhabitants are about to learn that their ill-gotten gains come at a very high price. Every AHOY comic also features extra prose stories and illustrations.

Writer: Mark Russell
Artist: Steve Pugh
Publisher: Ahoy Comics
Release Date: March 4, 2020
Cover Price: $3.99

Score: ★★★★★ (5/5)

Mark Russell is one of the best writers in comics and also its best satirist. He's done it again with a razor-sharp tale of billionaires run amok on a private island away from tax collectors, immigrants, and refugees. 'Billionaire Island' is as timely as ever and while this story of the 1% sheltering themselves in luxury while society suffers the effects of climate change and food scarcity may have seemed outlandish and over-the-top just a few years ago it's frighteningly plausible in 2020. Russell cuts through the satire by grounding it in some sobering twists. It's the kind of storytelling that Russell is known for. A high concept balanced with heart and soul. Steve Pugh's art captures the gaudy 'Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous' aesthetic perfectly with some darker turns. There is nary a misstep in this outstanding debut issue. 'Billionaire Island' is cutting and funny as only Mark Russell can do it and it's one of the best debuts in comics this year. 


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