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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. Collecting the savage satire reuniting the critically acclaimed team behind DC's The Flintstones-writer Mark Russell (Second Coming) and Eisner-nominated artist Steve Pugh (Harley Quinn: 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. Collecting the savage satire reuniting the critically acclaimed team behind DC's The Flintstones-writer Mark Russell (Second Coming) and Eisner-nominated artist Steve Pugh (Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass)-in a new graphic novel.


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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. Collecting the savage satire reuniting the critically acclaimed team behind DC's The Flintstones-writer Mark Russell (Second Coming) and Eisner-nominated artist Steve Pugh (Harley Quinn: 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. Collecting the savage satire reuniting the critically acclaimed team behind DC's The Flintstones-writer Mark Russell (Second Coming) and Eisner-nominated artist Steve Pugh (Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass)-in a new graphic novel.

30 review for Billionaire Island

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dan Schwent

    When the word is going to hell in a handbasket, the wealthy elite build themselves a sanctuary to live it up in style and to keep out the have-nots, Freedom Unlimited, or Billionaire Island. But some less than wealthy people have found their way on the island with agendas of their own... Mark Russell sucks the fun out of the wealthy elite in Billionaire Island with his Flintstones cohort Steve Pugh supplying the art. As usual, Russell brings the hard truth and it cuts like a knife. The billionair When the word is going to hell in a handbasket, the wealthy elite build themselves a sanctuary to live it up in style and to keep out the have-nots, Freedom Unlimited, or Billionaire Island. But some less than wealthy people have found their way on the island with agendas of their own... Mark Russell sucks the fun out of the wealthy elite in Billionaire Island with his Flintstones cohort Steve Pugh supplying the art. As usual, Russell brings the hard truth and it cuts like a knife. The billionaire class, wealth being conflated with worth, and people pretty much not caring who is in charge as long as someone is, are all skewered. As with much of Russell's work, Billionaire Island is simultaneously thought provoking, hilarious, and deeply sad. Billionaires having the wealth to fix a lot of the world's ills but not wanting to, people blindly following misinformation, and corporate nonsense are all too real and Billionaire Island is an all too plausible way for the whole shithouse to go up in flames. Billionaire Island is another sadly hilarious masterpiece from Mark Russell and Steve Pugh. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    Mark Russell is back with another social satire. This time he's going after the rich and how they are determined to use up all our resources instead of using their money to help end problems that affect all of us like climate change. As Russell says in the book, they are OK floating on the log headed over the waterfall as long as they are on the back of the log. The book is hilarious. Steve Pugh's art is great. Go buy this book. Received a review copy from Ahoy Comics and Edelweiss. All thoughts Mark Russell is back with another social satire. This time he's going after the rich and how they are determined to use up all our resources instead of using their money to help end problems that affect all of us like climate change. As Russell says in the book, they are OK floating on the log headed over the waterfall as long as they are on the back of the log. The book is hilarious. Steve Pugh's art is great. Go buy this book. Received a review copy from Ahoy Comics and Edelweiss. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Peterhans

    Well, I laughed a lot, which on its own is quite an achievement. This anti-1%, anti-globalist, anti-consumerist satire certainly is not subtle, but it's also not dumb. It harkens back to the 80s school of UK punk comics, dripping with acidic social commentary. It takes a lot of what you know already (the rich are bastards), and mixes it with genuinely funny dialogue and visual jokes. It reminds me of Russell's Second Coming, which had a similar satirical bent, and also had real heart at the cent Well, I laughed a lot, which on its own is quite an achievement. This anti-1%, anti-globalist, anti-consumerist satire certainly is not subtle, but it's also not dumb. It harkens back to the 80s school of UK punk comics, dripping with acidic social commentary. It takes a lot of what you know already (the rich are bastards), and mixes it with genuinely funny dialogue and visual jokes. It reminds me of Russell's Second Coming, which had a similar satirical bent, and also had real heart at the centre of it. It also helps that the art is pretty fantastic. (Received an ARC through Edelweiss)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    I totally enjoyed this graphic novel/comic. The characters are well etched and the plot is quite dramatic. I would say I enjoyed the illustrations more as it's very lively with subtle colours. It gave me the Phantom comic vibes which I totally adore. The story is quite action packed with the art sequence maintained quite well. I love the sarcastic characters. Oh, their facial expressions though! The ending turned out quite well. The only thing I couldn't like much was the font size and the dialogue I totally enjoyed this graphic novel/comic. The characters are well etched and the plot is quite dramatic. I would say I enjoyed the illustrations more as it's very lively with subtle colours. It gave me the Phantom comic vibes which I totally adore. The story is quite action packed with the art sequence maintained quite well. I love the sarcastic characters. Oh, their facial expressions though! The ending turned out quite well. The only thing I couldn't like much was the font size and the dialogue bubbles placement. It could have been much better and much more prominent. It was a real struggle to read the whole book. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    An issue or so to long, but a thoughtful read nonetheless.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    Among the few non-awful people to benefit from the awfulness of the modern world is Mark Russell; in any remotely sensible timeline his OTT brand of satire would feel a bit heavy-handed, a little too manic and implausible. Here, though, he's one of the few who can keep up with, let alone ahead of, the hideous reality. So, you know all those schemes that crop up every now and again where the entitled mega-rich will leave us all behind and depart for a floating island sanctuary where the little pe Among the few non-awful people to benefit from the awfulness of the modern world is Mark Russell; in any remotely sensible timeline his OTT brand of satire would feel a bit heavy-handed, a little too manic and implausible. Here, though, he's one of the few who can keep up with, let alone ahead of, the hideous reality. So, you know all those schemes that crop up every now and again where the entitled mega-rich will leave us all behind and depart for a floating island sanctuary where the little people can't even hold them back to the minimal degree we do now? This is a near-future story about one of those, Freedom Unlimited, which is indeed one big FU to the rest of the world. Its garish amenities (The Invisible Hand Massage Parlor), Stockholm Syndrome underclass and two-tier laws all ring horribly true, and just wait until you meet the richest of them all. Somehow it's still a fun read, despite knowing we'll all be living it soon enough - the deadpan quality of Steve Pugh's art being a big factor in this. Although - SPOILER - the tattered optimism of the ending, where the global economy collapses entirely but at least brings the billionaires with it, has already been overtaken and comprehensively disproved by events, billionaire net worth having of course been vastly boosted while everything else tanks. Turns out even Russell can't altogether keep up with the insanity. (Edelweiss ARC)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Wayne McCoy

    'Billionaire Island' by Mark Russell with art by Steve Pugh is a satirical graphic novel about the super rich creating a secret island where anything goes. While the world falls apart, a group of the super rich create a floating island paradise where they can shelter. Money detectors determine who can gain access to the island. Some are content to live in giant hamster cages and be thrown food and money. But not everyone is content with the way things are happening and want to change things. This 'Billionaire Island' by Mark Russell with art by Steve Pugh is a satirical graphic novel about the super rich creating a secret island where anything goes. While the world falls apart, a group of the super rich create a floating island paradise where they can shelter. Money detectors determine who can gain access to the island. Some are content to live in giant hamster cages and be thrown food and money. But not everyone is content with the way things are happening and want to change things. This graphic novel is aimed solidly at the super rich. Like the author's other works, it feels a bit purposefully grotesque. I would have preferred it to be a bit more subtle, but the point is well made. The art is good and some character design borders on caricature. I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Ahoy, Comics, Diamond Book Distributors, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.

  8. 5 out of 5

    How to Love Comics

    Mark Russell is one of the best satirists in comics at the moment and has had a string of great comics including Prez, Second Coming, and a modern take on The Flintstones. Teaming up with his The Flintstones collaborator artist Steve Pugh, for Billionaire Island - a striking satire aimed directly at the mega-rich. Billionaire Island speculates a bleak outlook for society in the decades to come. Due to the greed of the billionaire class, climate change has displaced millions and many more are jobl Mark Russell is one of the best satirists in comics at the moment and has had a string of great comics including Prez, Second Coming, and a modern take on The Flintstones. Teaming up with his The Flintstones collaborator artist Steve Pugh, for Billionaire Island - a striking satire aimed directly at the mega-rich. Billionaire Island speculates a bleak outlook for society in the decades to come. Due to the greed of the billionaire class, climate change has displaced millions and many more are jobless due to their redundancy creating technology. Seeing all the problems in the world, the world's billionaires decide to hide away from them by creating an artificial island out in international waters where they have the freedom to do what they want. A journalist and an ex-soldier infiltrate the island so they can try and make the inhabitants accountable for their actions. Steve Pugh is a strong storyteller through his art, which offers a detailed but also clean style. This detail never feels excessive, used for creating depth and form on the page. This allows him to work on the expressiveness of the characters, which is where it really shines. Whether it's a smug look, shock, or delight, Pugh's expressions elevate the dialogue and makes it funnier. As I have mentioned, this comic is a satire. While everything is exaggerated and a little silly, it also hits hard with its core message - the greed of the ultra-rich cause many of society's problems and have no remorse for it. If you're looking for biting satire, that's also a lot of fun then definitely read Billionaire Island.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Philip Haagensen

    I’m unfamiliar with Mark Russell’s work and Billionaire Island is my introduction. Perhaps, taken in context with other stories he has written, I’d have a better feeling for his type of commentary. But this satirical look at the uber-rich isolating from society on a floating island in international waters where they make their own laws, for me, comes off heavy handed and forced. Maybe that’s the point. To go to the extremes to shine a silly light on how wrong it is and turn a mirror on society. I’m unfamiliar with Mark Russell’s work and Billionaire Island is my introduction. Perhaps, taken in context with other stories he has written, I’d have a better feeling for his type of commentary. But this satirical look at the uber-rich isolating from society on a floating island in international waters where they make their own laws, for me, comes off heavy handed and forced. Maybe that’s the point. To go to the extremes to shine a silly light on how wrong it is and turn a mirror on society. But while some of the concepts surrounding the ultra wealthy .005% are insightful and accurate, the repetitive pounding of them on the reader becomes a little tedious. It comes off as a one trick pony pushing an agenda. Given all the praise heaped on this 6 issue run (including Brian Michael Bendis’ glowing introduction), I am clearly in the minority. Perhaps checking out some of Russell’s other works will soften my stance. But when compared to, say, the “Herogasm” storyline from The Boys by Garth Ennis, this one comes off as more lampoon-ish and lightweight for my tastes. 2 out of 5 stars.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    Good fun, this brashly and quickly introduces us to Freedom Unlimited, otherwise known as Billionaire Island, otherwise known as F U Island. The bloke at the top of it all – who devised the concept for an artificial, mobile resort island for the ultra-rich to keep the plebs and shortages and rising sea levels away from them – has killed off a great proportion of people indiscriminately, to thin the herd and make sure there aren't an insurmountable number of starving refugees and hungry knocking Good fun, this brashly and quickly introduces us to Freedom Unlimited, otherwise known as Billionaire Island, otherwise known as F U Island. The bloke at the top of it all – who devised the concept for an artificial, mobile resort island for the ultra-rich to keep the plebs and shortages and rising sea levels away from them – has killed off a great proportion of people indiscriminately, to thin the herd and make sure there aren't an insurmountable number of starving refugees and hungry knocking on the doors of his peers. As a result, some people are looking into how and why he did it, and others are just intent on shooting the muppet in his ill-fitting, bad 'smart-casual' suits. What follows is a little slight and unchallenging, but entertaining all the same. The moral is obvious – and the lesson to be had is in how damned conceivable the whole concept actually is. None of this looks pie-in-the-sky fantasy. And as it's my second book in a month to feature plague delivered to the same place and in the same manner, someone clearly knows something...

  11. 5 out of 5

    -RadioactiveBookworm-

    I'm going to be honest, I haven't read as many comics and graphic novels this year as I have in other years. No particular reason, just not as many have caught my eye lately. This one however, is very different than the usual ones I would pick up, horror or supernatural or superhuman comics. Billionaire Island is a story about what would happen if a massive corporation wanted to control the world's population by not only creating a deadly sterilization virus, but also if they took the world's ri I'm going to be honest, I haven't read as many comics and graphic novels this year as I have in other years. No particular reason, just not as many have caught my eye lately. This one however, is very different than the usual ones I would pick up, horror or supernatural or superhuman comics. Billionaire Island is a story about what would happen if a massive corporation wanted to control the world's population by not only creating a deadly sterilization virus, but also if they took the world's richest people and stuck them all on a floating man made island away from the chaos. But as they're going to find out, they can't run and hide forever. Check out my full review here! https://radioactivebookreviews.wordpr...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jared

    Satire is an endangered species, just like us, if we continue down this road we've built. Mark Russell is on a mission to prove neither is dead just yet, depending on your intentions and your empathy. I'd say it's a "funhouse mirror" of a story, but let's be real: we live in the funhouse. And this book touches on nearly every reason why it isn't fun anymore. Steve Pugh is one of the greatest artists in comics. Period. And you couldn't ask for a better pairing than Chris Chuckry on colors. This is t Satire is an endangered species, just like us, if we continue down this road we've built. Mark Russell is on a mission to prove neither is dead just yet, depending on your intentions and your empathy. I'd say it's a "funhouse mirror" of a story, but let's be real: we live in the funhouse. And this book touches on nearly every reason why it isn't fun anymore. Steve Pugh is one of the greatest artists in comics. Period. And you couldn't ask for a better pairing than Chris Chuckry on colors. This is the best comic for the worst year. Highly recommended.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Elia

    In the future, when the worlds is set to collapse around us because of lack of food and resources, billionaires hatch a plan to keep themselves safe: first they will sell food products that will sterilize anyone who eats them, and second, they will relocate to a floating island just for billionaires, where the only law is that you have to be worth at least a billion to set foot upon its grounds. Vigilante justice, an intrepid reported and a truly bizarre way to run the stock market follow, in a In the future, when the worlds is set to collapse around us because of lack of food and resources, billionaires hatch a plan to keep themselves safe: first they will sell food products that will sterilize anyone who eats them, and second, they will relocate to a floating island just for billionaires, where the only law is that you have to be worth at least a billion to set foot upon its grounds. Vigilante justice, an intrepid reported and a truly bizarre way to run the stock market follow, in a scathing commentary on humanity and the rich.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Yongyoon

    It has its funny moments, but it really isn't all that clever nor realistic enough to warrant a full read. Billionaires being so incompetent to not know what torture is and unable to hire real torture experts? That part is pushing it but that pushes it far more than an artificial island of billionaires. Still, the premise of the series was unique enough to get me through the whole thing. The ending panels with the stereotypical preaching really was a letdown and the idea of things working out be It has its funny moments, but it really isn't all that clever nor realistic enough to warrant a full read. Billionaires being so incompetent to not know what torture is and unable to hire real torture experts? That part is pushing it but that pushes it far more than an artificial island of billionaires. Still, the premise of the series was unique enough to get me through the whole thing. The ending panels with the stereotypical preaching really was a letdown and the idea of things working out because it always have throughout human history is in itself wholly illogical.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Abriana

    This was funny, if not a little *too* spot on. But bravo for making the dim reality that rich people will try to buy their way out of the apocalypse funny, truly. Lots of little satirical details that really made this. The central storyline was nothing groundbreaking and I wish it had been a little more subtle in it's approach but overall I think it set out what it meant to do - wink and nod and grimace at the nastiness of a "wealth is worth" mentality. This was funny, if not a little *too* spot on. But bravo for making the dim reality that rich people will try to buy their way out of the apocalypse funny, truly. Lots of little satirical details that really made this. The central storyline was nothing groundbreaking and I wish it had been a little more subtle in it's approach but overall I think it set out what it meant to do - wink and nod and grimace at the nastiness of a "wealth is worth" mentality.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    Holy wow. Everyone should read this book; it reminded me of a Philip K Dick running man story. Dystopian future and a fight to make it better. Only this future is a lot closer to ours and this story ends on a bittersweet moment with a dash of hope. Great visual gags, art and again Mark Russell remains one of my favorite comic writers

  17. 4 out of 5

    Samuel Otten

    Clever satire with a great setting. It deals with an essential question for our civilization -- as we allow greater wealth accumulation among the billionaire class, will they use that wealth and power to save the world or just to protect (and luxuriate) themselves?

  18. 5 out of 5

    TJ

    This was a pretty entertaining satire. Not every joke lands but overall I liked it a lot.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Andres Pasten

    Ácida y aguda crítica al 1%. El último número flaquea un poco, pero ilustra bastante los excesos de la élite.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Doyle

    This is amazing. I intend to re-read it every couple of years.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Simon

    It's still pretty fun and high-quality Russell stuff but I'm still unsure why this had to be 6 issues and not 4, some of it is feels a lot like padding. It's still pretty fun and high-quality Russell stuff but I'm still unsure why this had to be 6 issues and not 4, some of it is feels a lot like padding.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mito López

    En onda satírica nos explica un futuro que lamentablemente se ve muy cercano, pero que está a la vuelta de la esquina, o quizás más acá

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rob Anderson

    Top-notch satire from my favorite comics writer. If you see Mark Russell’s name on it, read it.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    Ruthlessly cutting satire with a vantablack sense of humor. Exactly what I expect from Russell.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Reverenddave

    Further proof that its hard to parody the present day.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Thomas De Ceglie

    Excellent, biting satire of the late-stage capitalist mindset plaguing our society. Eat the rich.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jake

    I know people have a lot of complaints about the one percenters and how they manage to stay rich. It all looks so absurd, so what happens when all of that surface level absurdity is packed together? You get Billionaire Island... sorry Freedom Unlimited. Every little nitpick that goes around about rich people being able to do whatever they want or hiding from taxes, endorsing or getting endorsements from celebrities, to how they get rich in every convoluted way. These rich pricks are practically a I know people have a lot of complaints about the one percenters and how they manage to stay rich. It all looks so absurd, so what happens when all of that surface level absurdity is packed together? You get Billionaire Island... sorry Freedom Unlimited. Every little nitpick that goes around about rich people being able to do whatever they want or hiding from taxes, endorsing or getting endorsements from celebrities, to how they get rich in every convoluted way. These rich pricks are practically all man-children spoiled by their money. They can't even even do basic infrastructure or math and just hire people to handle everything. They lack any form of insight when it comes to what they produce. And the people who want to work for them to get ahead in life but haven't been hazed act like there's nothing wrong. As for the other people, they practically fight battles that can't be won without ramifications. While it's best not to take everything on here too seriously; I find Zuckerberg and Bezos terrifying because they're nowhere near as moronic and are practically trillionaires with the pandemic. It also doesn't change from the main narrative. In a world where people are still hunters and gatherers by nature, do we have the power to live with ourselves without screwing everyone over? Or do the systems and markets that are supposed to help us just commodify everything?

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jenn Marshall

    Welcome to Billionaire Island where anything is possible, if you can afford it. From the writer of Second Coming comes a story about what could happen if the rich decided to create their own playground in the middle of the ocean. Collects issues 1-6 It starts out dark. The rich are doing horrible things to the poor it seems even darker when looking at the real world rich say about the poor. The characters are great, and even Segal and Kid Rock made an appearance. I am super excited to get the tra Welcome to Billionaire Island where anything is possible, if you can afford it. From the writer of Second Coming comes a story about what could happen if the rich decided to create their own playground in the middle of the ocean. Collects issues 1-6 It starts out dark. The rich are doing horrible things to the poor it seems even darker when looking at the real world rich say about the poor. The characters are great, and even Segal and Kid Rock made an appearance. I am super excited to get the trade and loved it the first time I read it on my pull list. Creative Team: Writer: Mark Russell Artist: Steve Pugh Colors: Chris Chuckry Letters: Rob Steen

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jay

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nuno Gil Franco

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