COMIC REVIEW:Renato Jones: The One % Season One Trade Paperback

The One% own more than half the world’s wealth. They’ve crashed economies, bought governments, and have amassed more power than any other group in history. And they still don’t have enough. With this kind of power, how can anyone make them pay? WHO will make them pay? Enter Renato Jones, a mysterious vigilante, out to even the score. And when he enters the fray THE SUPER-RICH ARE SUPER F***ED. From acclaimed creator KAARE KYLE ANDREWS (Iron Fist The Living Weapon, Spider Man Reign) comes the first season of the critically acclaimed, supercharged capitalistic action revenge thriller for a post-Great Recession world. Collects SEASON of RENATO JONES THE ONE% #1-5

Before I start the review proper I have to issue a warning:

Do NOT start reading this comic just before bed, or ten minutes before you have to go to work/cook dinner/see a film with a date. It is so gripping, with a story and art which will grab you by the…amygdala and not let go until you have read the whole thing ! So, if you end up not going to sleep early as you expected, or miss work/be forced to buy takeaway/get dumped by your date for standing them up at the cinema then don’t blame me !

With that clarified, let’s begin the review:

Wow, this is one intensely fun book! From the introduction in which writer/artist Kaare Kyle Andrews exhorts the reader to “Create !” through to the final page this story is an adrenalin-rush of pure action, satire and characterisation. Andrews introduces a new character who is part Batman and part Punisher, portrayed in an art style which is Frank Miller’s Sin City dialed up to eleven. The premise is simple – Renato Jones targets those super rich scumbags who treat people as less than human as they greedily vacuum up all of life’s pleasures as if they were entitled to them simply by dint of their large fortunes. Renato Jones takes down these folks in the most brutal ways imaginable, armed with only his wits, skill and (hilariously over-the-top) pistol/knife weapon. Threaded through these hard-core action scenes is the story of Renato himself, one as tragic as any other comics vigilante, which brings some depth to him. As a result, the story is not only great satire (the “advertisement’s” scattered throughout the book are the epitome of this) but also an interesting meditation on tragedy and identity (not to mention huge stacks of violence).

Kaare Kyle Andrews has created the perfect comic for those who love 80s action movies, the Occupy Wall Street movement, political satire (the “Make America Hate” speech is brilliant) and some depth in their ultra-violent vigilantes.  Highest possible recommendation !

Title:  Renato Jones: The One % Season One Trade Paperback 

Publisher: Image Comics 

Rating: 5(+1%)/5

Reviewer: Brett Harris 

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