One-Hit Wonder #1

One-Hit Wonder #1

Writer: Fabrice Sapolsky Artist: Ariel Olivetti Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: February 26, 2014 Cover Price: $3.50 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 2
4.6Critic Rating
3.2User Rating

If there was a thin line between reality and fiction, Richie Reese tore it down. Better, he crushed it. Smashed it. Destroyed it. From child star to hitman in Hollywood, this is the story of a glorious bastard.

  • 7.5
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Feb 27, 2014

    One-Hit Wonder #1 is an entertaining start to what could be a compelling series. Not sure if the second issue will be up to par with this but as of right now this title comes recommended. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady Feb 28, 2014

    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 dont go for the cheap laughs or sight gags that seem the easy way to go for a story like this. Lets hope they keep shooting for the stars as “One-Hit Wonder” continues to dazzle us. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Feb 4, 2014

    As I said, I'm interested in this series. I like the concept and I'm intrigued by the ending. It's definitely gotten its hooks into me and so I want to come back for more. This isn't the strongest first issue I've ever read though. Without the concept it would be a very average story of a hit man and while that's not terrible, it definitely has the potential to be more. Let me know what you think in the comments, but in the meantime I'm looking forward to the second issue for sure. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Josh Reifler Feb 25, 2014

    I was surprised how much I disliked this series especially considering Sapolsky is known for the generally well-regarded Spiderman: Noir at Marvel. Perhaps something has been lost in the translation or the comic just needs an other issue or two to find it's footing, but I could not find much to enjoy in the end. The characters are incredibly one-dimensional and I could not relate to anything occurring in any of the scenes. The realistic art style prevented me from finding any of the violence funny and ultimately this book just does not work on any level. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Spectrum - Kevyn Knox Feb 27, 2014

    One Hit Wonder should have been a no-brainer win for this comic-loving cinephile to love, but issue #1 missed the mark. Sopolsky and Olivetti are just getting started, and perhaps the potential that I do see in this first issue will come into bloom in succeeding issues, I can play the eternal optimist with the best of 'em (something that annoys my wife a-plenty) and therefore, I have higher hopes for issue #2. I mean really, how can the combo of crime comic and cinematic street cred not be something to look forward to? Read Full Review

  • 5.9
    IGN - Mike Logsdon Feb 26, 2014

    Olivetti's art style is highly realistic, though almost to the point of approaching the uncanny valley. Other than that, his work is clear and easy to follow. Ultimately, it might have been served better with a more compelling story. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Soup Owens-Fowler Feb 27, 2014

    Hollywood is a hell of a town, where lies and fiction are the norm. For Richie Reese, it's a personal playground above the law and without the constraints of a moral high ground. But with the leaps in logic, and the after the fact characterization is this a Hollywood tale we need? The intriguing concept of a killer who uses special effects to help him commit, and get away with, murder is merit enough for me to check out the second issue. It needs to establish why we should care at all about Richie fast, otherwise I won't be able to convince myself to pick up the third. Read Full Review

  • 4.3
    Florida Geek Scene - Craig Schroeder Mar 12, 2014

    One Hit Wonder is a book with some stuff I liked and a lot of things I didnt. Its a little interesting. A little flashy. And a lot dumb. It does end on an interesting note, trying its best to rope me into Issue 2. But I know not to go down that rabbit-hole. I guess I have Entourage to thank for that. Read Full Review

  • 4.2
    Multiversity Comics - James Johnston Feb 11, 2014

    "One-Hit Wonder" is a book with so much potential in its premise, and an entire wasteland of haunted pop culture imagery to really make something great. Instead, we're left with a husk with all of its charm sucked out, a victim of a system that glorifies edginess over substance; the same system it should've been pulling the trigger on. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Zac Thompson Feb 10, 2014

    One Hit Wonder doesnt make any effort to set itself outside of the typical behind the scenes of Hollywood fare. The protagonist doesnt have a ton of depth to his motivation, and the story just proves unbelievable thanks to convenient storytelling methods. A little more time developing the central character would have went a long way to solving the bumps that brought me out of the story. I was invested in this callous asshole at the beginning, but just lost my suspension of disbelief near the end. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Feb 26, 2014

    It's very hard to be interested in a book that's all about a sociopathic egomaniac especially when played with no humor whatsoever despite its billing. The balance of art and premise don't seem to fit and the overall book doesn't read well. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    We The Nerdy - Bryan Huth Feb 27, 2014

    One Hit Wondersounded like a good idea, but many bad ideas sound good at first. This book is already set to be a mini-series with only four more issues to come so Sapolshy could possibly turn it around, and I honestly hope he does. It would be shame for Image to have such a huge blemish on their great line-up of books. Bottom line, your money can be spent on better things. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little Feb 28, 2014

    There's something to this story, for sure, and it could go someplace great, but there are a lot of issues with the plot and script that will have to be addressed for it to pick up. This was originally published in French so all of this may be an issue of poor translation, and I very much hope that is the case. Sadly, "One Hit Wonder" is pretty but it doesn't have much to say. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Big Comic Page - Blair Stevenson Feb 25, 2014

    However, there is also something endearing about this Issue which kept me reading right to the end. Including an incredible final scene which sets up for Issue #2 with a cliff-hanger of almost Breaking Bad quality. The book is unashamedly immature and proud of itlike a comic book version of American Pie. Read Full Review

  • 0.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Feb 26, 2014

    The end of One Hit Wonder doesn't matter because none of the rest of the book matters. This is like something Sapolsky mined from Quentin Tarantino's dumpster. The art is terrible as well. Ariel Olivetti has a style that seems taken right from a dentist's office wall-art. No expression, nothing interesting, just panel after panel of easy characters and dull action. I'm not sure who at Image Comics approved this garbage, but lets hope their job is up for review soon. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    nedf23 Feb 27, 2014

    I wasn't super impressed with this one. I'm not sure what Richie's strategy is for accepting a contract, but he seems to have one. I could also care less about the the whole child actor sob story that ultimately seems to have pushed him into becoming a hitman. I think I may have figured out why it's called one hit wonder and it's not only because I'm not buying any further issues. With all the things that annoy me about this, the art is rather good. I don't have too many complaints about that.

  • 1.0
    Synthozoid Feb 26, 2014

    The worst comic book I have ever read. Ever. Must have been written by a 12 year old psychopath. The artwork keeps it from being a flat zero.

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