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Review – Archer & Armstrong: The One Percent #1 (Valiant)

click - CopyPublisher: Valiant Entertainment
Writer: Ray Fawkes
Artist: Joe Eisma
Release Date: 12th November 2014


The One Percent is a reference to a super-wealthy elite, who have negotiated a deal with a demon known as Mammon (The Devil himself), in exchange for unlimited wealth, influence, and by extension, power. This one-shot issue details the rise of a new breed of One Percenters looking to oust the old guard, whose methods they believe to be outdated and laborious.

The story opens the morning after the night before; a picture of absolute chaos and debauchery reminiscent of scenes from The Wolf Of Wall Street and American Psycho, before we are fully introduced to Austin Oldenburg-Lancaster, the son of a top level One Percenter, and initiate member of the board himself. The imagery alone gives a strong indication of the type of thoroughly detestable characters we are dealing with, but also raises some rather hilarious questions as to what actually transpired the night before. As we delve deeper into his backstory, there is a point where you almost feel pity for him; but it’s a feeling that’s short lived, there’s no way you could root for this guy as the character is so fundamentally unlikeable. Lancaster is unashamed and supremely confident, and as the story progresses, it becomes clear where his lack of fear stems from.

On the artistic front, Joe Eisma’s work was a bit too clean and lacking in detail for my tastes, but is effective enough throughout without being outstanding. The colours by Ulises Arreola don’t really help matters, unfortunately, and left the artwork looking a little flat at times.

I’d never read any Archer and Armstrong going into this, but now I’d kinda like to see these guys get their comeuppance. There’s a new breed of One Percenters on the block, and they are a thoroughly nasty bunch of folks.

Rating: 3/5.


MDAVThe Writer of this piece was: Martin Doyle
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