Rating if the Book Were a Movie: R
Writer: Mark Russell
Artist: Steve Pugh
Colors: Chris Chuckry
Letters: Rob Steen
Cover: Steve Pugh
Editor: Sarah Litt
Publisher: Ahoy Comics
Story: 3.9 Stars
Artwork: 3.7 Stars
Cover Artwork: 3.0 Stars
Dialogue: 3.7 Stars
Mechanics: 3.7 Stars
Editing: 3.6 Stars
About the Book:
The world’s economic climate is in the toilet.Business Dog (the dog that is worth trillions to the economy) has been found; but not by someone that knows or cares about the canine’s value. It doesn’t matter anymore. The body of Business Dog’s handler has been discovered. The tattoo of the QR code granting access to all of Business Dog’s funds is still intact on his wrist.
I am behind the times in getting to this installment of Billionaire Island: Cult of Dogs. That is a deliberate choice. It’s only a six book run. Once it’s completed, it’s unknown when (or if) there will be a third volume. I want to savor this as long as possible.
Russell and Pugh have created a satirical world where there are food shortages and the uber wealthy continue to find ways to get more money from the blood, sweat, and tears of the little guy. The sad thing is, if you take the island and Business Dog out of the equation, this isn’t a satire.
With the exponential increase in food prices that wages are not keeping up with, more and more people are being forced to put groceries on a credit card. The grocery stores claim that they have to raise prices to pay the higher wages for employees. Then they announce record profits to their shareholders.
In Billionaire Island: Cult of Dogs #5 we get a clear picture of just how money driven some people are. We also see the lengths that people will go to in order to secure every penny they can. What’s a handful of lives when no one in your family will have to work for centuries?
I get that $10 trillion is a lot of money. That’s more than enough to be a generational change. That kind of money is world changing. It shouldn’t be; but when you have that many zeroes in your bank account people around the world will do whatever they can to get you to spend it on them. Unfortunately, achieving this kind of wealth is what the American dream has morphed into.
I’ve been enjoying Mr. Pugh’s artwork throughout this series. His work with facial expressions is what does it for me. They are so vivid that it makes the reader feel as though they are in the panel as well.
As a geek on a budget I truly believe that Billionaire Island: Cult of Dogs is a must read book. It has a hard hitting style which resonates the wake-up call our nation desperately needs with regards to how greedy our society has become.