There was an interesting development in this issue, one that caught me a bit by surprise.
When you grab a book by Kaare Andrews, you expect it to be visually stunning - the man has a way with kinetic action that is almost like watching a Kung Fu movie. His physicality, both in fights and in non-verbal communication, is nearly unmatched. His colors and inking are seamless, fully conveying the desired tone with one hundred percent clarity. All of this is true for the third installment of the Renato Jones series, but something else took the forefront this issue, and again, it kinda caught me off guard: Andrews' writing was fantastic.
This isn't to say he's a bad writer at all -- his work on Iron Fist alone is enough to dismiss that notion heartily -- but in this issue he reaches another level with the poetry of his words. Take the opening panel for instance; Andrews is introducing a femme fatale who has ended the lives of dozens of men to inhereit their fortunes.
The description of her actions in relation to the ONEs perception of justice is beautifully succinct. It's like watching a Noir movie that is executed so well that you lose yourself to the story, and that's what this issue does best: Andrews takes on various plotlines, introduces more new characters, and fleshes out the existing ones.
We see Carmen, the lady that Renato had fired on Douglas Bradley's yacht at the beginning of the first book, as she is settling into the house Renato gave her in the suburbs, trying to find a new job and settle into this previously fantasy-like world. We also see Wicked Awesome, an assassin in the ONEs employ who has it out for the Freelancer. He's...well, see for yourself:
It's like Frank Miller's All Star Batman who dabbles in sadomasochism, drowned down by a case of 4 Loko. This issue does a great job of establishing his character, exploring his motivations on a surface level, and leaving the reader unsure whether to love his ridiculousness or hate his douchebaggery.
Another underrated aspect of Andrews' is his skill in comedic writing. Carmen is dining with her neighbors one night when Angela (the female neighbor) is left to her own devices in the kitchen. Naturally, things go horribly wrong.
I just love the goofy, manic energy here! Although I couldn't help but feel bad for laughing at this poor woman, whose life of riches left her so poorly prepared to make a simple meal...
Issue three of Renato Jones the ONE% is more dense than the previous two issues, and that's a good thing: the focus is on the present instead of the past, and the hints of future events are enticing. Andrews does an absolute hell of a job telling a story here, and his prose actually takes front and center over his art...which is NOT an easy thing to do. This book gruffly demands to be on your pull list.