Crime and comedy. When mixed together nicely, it can be a gem of a story, and “One-Hit Wonder” #1 is is just that. Fabrice Sapolsky spins a rather disturbing premise into a black-comedy about the horrors of celebrity life and greed.
WRITTEN BY: Fabrice Sapolsky
ART BY: Ariel Olivetti
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE: 26 February 2014
This new miniseries reads at a brisk pace which kept this reader’s attention throughout the whole issue. Childhood stars always seem to go only two ways: really good or really bad. Then, there’s one Richie Reese, whom has become addicted to being a celebrity. His only way to satisfy his gratification now is to become a celebrity assassin. Naturally. After his first big live-TV kill, this once famous actor-come-killer is now in huge demand again.
Writer Fabrice Sapolsky uses the set-up effectively to get this tale off to great start. His self-narration is quite funny, still thinking in terms of movie-making when he takes out a target. As silly as this may sound, this tale is definitely for mature readers. All the excesses associated with Hollywood (fast cars, artificial looking women, sunshiny pool sides, etc.) are on display throughout the book.
Veteran artist Ariel Olivetti showcases his skills to portray the regular absurdity in Richie’s running around town. I’ve been a fan of Olivetti’s style and enjoyed his superhero work before. It’s great to see he can draw conventional scenery as beautifully as any other of his previous surroundings and circumstances.
Sapolsky and Olivetti have crafted something very distinctive in this first segment of the five-issue story. Absurd ideas like a former child celebrity-turned hit man offer lots of areas to explore. I hope they keep it clever and don’t go for the cheap laughs or sight gags that seem the easy way to go for a story like this. Let’s hope they keep shooting for the stars as “One-Hit Wonder” continues to dazzle us.
Reviewed by – Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady