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When the rich and powerful are literal cannibals, how can regular people avoid being on the menu? WELCOME TO CRESTFALL BLUFFS! With law school and her whole life ahead of her, Joey plans to spend the summer with her boyfriend Astor at his seemingly perfect family home. But beneath all the affluent perfection lies a dark, deadly rot… something all the locals live in quiet fe When the rich and powerful are literal cannibals, how can regular people avoid being on the menu? WELCOME TO CRESTFALL BLUFFS! With law school and her whole life ahead of her, Joey plans to spend the summer with her boyfriend Astor at his seemingly perfect family home. But beneath all the affluent perfection lies a dark, deadly rot… something all the locals live in quiet fear of. As summer lingers, Joey uncovers the macabre history of Crestfall Bluffs, and the ruthlessness and secrecy lying in wait behind the idyllic lives of the one percent. Who can Joey save? Who wants to be saved? And can she even survive to tell the tale? The bold, horrifying psychological thriller from Hugo Award-winning author Sarah Gailey (The Echo Wife, Magic For Liars) and artist Pius Bak (Firefly, The Magicians) with colorist Roman Titov and letterer Cardinal Rae. Collects Eat the Rich #1-5.


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When the rich and powerful are literal cannibals, how can regular people avoid being on the menu? WELCOME TO CRESTFALL BLUFFS! With law school and her whole life ahead of her, Joey plans to spend the summer with her boyfriend Astor at his seemingly perfect family home. But beneath all the affluent perfection lies a dark, deadly rot… something all the locals live in quiet fe When the rich and powerful are literal cannibals, how can regular people avoid being on the menu? WELCOME TO CRESTFALL BLUFFS! With law school and her whole life ahead of her, Joey plans to spend the summer with her boyfriend Astor at his seemingly perfect family home. But beneath all the affluent perfection lies a dark, deadly rot… something all the locals live in quiet fear of. As summer lingers, Joey uncovers the macabre history of Crestfall Bluffs, and the ruthlessness and secrecy lying in wait behind the idyllic lives of the one percent. Who can Joey save? Who wants to be saved? And can she even survive to tell the tale? The bold, horrifying psychological thriller from Hugo Award-winning author Sarah Gailey (The Echo Wife, Magic For Liars) and artist Pius Bak (Firefly, The Magicians) with colorist Roman Titov and letterer Cardinal Rae. Collects Eat the Rich #1-5.

30 review for Eat the Rich

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    Feels like a horror movie Blumhouse would put out. The title pretty much gives away the plot. Joey is headed to meet her rich boyfriend's family for the summer. This island is full of one percenters and Joey is struggling to fit in. Then they go to a retirement part where she sees something horrific. Now she has a choice to make... The ending was really rushed, as if Boom pulled the plug during the final issue. I thought the art was OK. Some of the close up shots were hard to make out. The color Feels like a horror movie Blumhouse would put out. The title pretty much gives away the plot. Joey is headed to meet her rich boyfriend's family for the summer. This island is full of one percenters and Joey is struggling to fit in. Then they go to a retirement part where she sees something horrific. Now she has a choice to make... The ending was really rushed, as if Boom pulled the plug during the final issue. I thought the art was OK. Some of the close up shots were hard to make out. The coloring was just alright.

  2. 5 out of 5

    A.J. Anders

    File this one under the “I enjoyed this immensly up until the final issue”, which sadly looks like a trend among a lot of indie books I’ve read this year. This one does have a really sweet love story at the center that I enjoyed, but the last few pages of this book completely “jump the shark” as one would say. The ending is rushed as fuck, way too on the nose, and it just doesn’t stick the landing in the way the writer wanted it to. It sucks too because with a title like the one this had, I went File this one under the “I enjoyed this immensly up until the final issue”, which sadly looks like a trend among a lot of indie books I’ve read this year. This one does have a really sweet love story at the center that I enjoyed, but the last few pages of this book completely “jump the shark” as one would say. The ending is rushed as fuck, way too on the nose, and it just doesn’t stick the landing in the way the writer wanted it to. It sucks too because with a title like the one this had, I went into this expecting some hot ass garbage from your average twitter user, but color me surprised when I got 4 genuinely great horror issues before a letdown of a finale. Cool concept, sadly shoddy execution. My girlfriend LOVED it though, so hey, maybe you will too! This just wasn’t for me at all honestly.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Individual issue reviews: #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 Total review score: 2.55 but I'm rounding down because the ending was bad and rushed. Individual issue reviews: #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 Total review score: 2.55 but I'm rounding down because the ending was bad and rushed.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Instead of just telling a story the desire to be of so clever and 'say big things' gets in the way. A better tale is told when politics is left behind. Instead of just telling a story the desire to be of so clever and 'say big things' gets in the way. A better tale is told when politics is left behind.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ostrava

    Rushed and a bit on the nose. Should have been longer but I wonder if its briefness played a role in my overall tolerance. Would not recommend, sadly.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Shaun Stanley

    Eat the Rich collects issues 1-5 of the BOOM! Studios series written by Sarah Gailey, illustrated by Pius Bak, and colored by Roman Titov. Joey has decided to travel with her boyfriend to his family home in Crestfallen Bluffs to meet his parents and spend the summer. As Joey gets acclimated to the coastal community, she learns of the horrifying traditions of the rich and powerful. I loved this book! I think it would make a great campy horror movie. It seems a lot of people were expecting somethi Eat the Rich collects issues 1-5 of the BOOM! Studios series written by Sarah Gailey, illustrated by Pius Bak, and colored by Roman Titov. Joey has decided to travel with her boyfriend to his family home in Crestfallen Bluffs to meet his parents and spend the summer. As Joey gets acclimated to the coastal community, she learns of the horrifying traditions of the rich and powerful. I loved this book! I think it would make a great campy horror movie. It seems a lot of people were expecting something deeper, but I really enjoyed the story told. The book is an extremely quick read and I wish it had one more issue to flesh itself out just a bit more, but at the same time, I liked how the book didn’t drag itself out with a lot of repetitive scenes and needless exposition. The art is sharp and vibrant and does a fantastic job of adding to the tone and atmosphere of the world. If you like a good blood-spatter filled book, this comic is for you!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    A half-baked high-concept book where wealthy people literally eat their servants with their servants' consent. Full benefits and health insurance come at a high cost now, you see, but the revolution is coming, you know. I dig the sentiment, but was bored by the silliness of the execution. A half-baked high-concept book where wealthy people literally eat their servants with their servants' consent. Full benefits and health insurance come at a high cost now, you see, but the revolution is coming, you know. I dig the sentiment, but was bored by the silliness of the execution.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    C/W:(view spoiler)[blood, gore, alcoholism, cannibalism (hide spoiler)] Eat the Rich was everything I could hope for from a Sarah Gailey read -- insightful social commentary, excellent queer rep, complex female characters, and a story that hooks you from the very beginning. This was a dark, gory read that was highly enjoyable. C/W:(view spoiler)[blood, gore, alcoholism, cannibalism (hide spoiler)] Eat the Rich was everything I could hope for from a Sarah Gailey read -- insightful social commentary, excellent queer rep, complex female characters, and a story that hooks you from the very beginning. This was a dark, gory read that was highly enjoyable.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    Gailey took the leftist joke about eating the rich, and made it literal. It was a disgusting, horrifying delight to read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    V

    3.5 it’s very… rushed and surface level? but it’s okay. enjoyable. queer.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Randy

    I really liked this read. It’s a great reflection on the boring dystopia we live in, in which the rich basically get to decide on who lives and who dies. There’s some great parallels that can be drawn from this story, such as people being selfish as long as they can live comfortably, but their comfort goes - quite literally - over poor people’s dead bodies. The ending could have been stretched out a bit more. I could easily see this story have a few more issues, but I feel this story is more an e I really liked this read. It’s a great reflection on the boring dystopia we live in, in which the rich basically get to decide on who lives and who dies. There’s some great parallels that can be drawn from this story, such as people being selfish as long as they can live comfortably, but their comfort goes - quite literally - over poor people’s dead bodies. The ending could have been stretched out a bit more. I could easily see this story have a few more issues, but I feel this story is more an exploration of the way things are and that the resolution is less important than making that comparison to the real world healthcare system and capitalism.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Peacegal

    Like the work of director Jordan Peele, here we have over-the-top horror with a keen eye for social issues. What if your desire for health care and education for yourself and your family meant paying the ultimate price to your wealthy employers? And how easy is it to go along with things you know are wrong in the name of conformity, status, and family harmony? Real-world issues we grapple with daily are taken to extreme ends in EAT THE RICH. We have increasing numbers of people who are recognizi Like the work of director Jordan Peele, here we have over-the-top horror with a keen eye for social issues. What if your desire for health care and education for yourself and your family meant paying the ultimate price to your wealthy employers? And how easy is it to go along with things you know are wrong in the name of conformity, status, and family harmony? Real-world issues we grapple with daily are taken to extreme ends in EAT THE RICH. We have increasing numbers of people who are recognizing and articulating what’s broken in our society. The big question is, will that be enough to change it?

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    I just finished this whole five issue series -- each issue is less than thirty pages. This is extremely quick-concept and parable horror. Truly disgusting. I really liked it. There's a lot in this basic concept that doesn't really bear treating it at it's face (if this is how all rich people are, then how come it's not just common knowledge?) but it's not meant too! It's very obvious analogy and it works really well! The victims are coerced into sacrificing themselves, are forced to be complicit I just finished this whole five issue series -- each issue is less than thirty pages. This is extremely quick-concept and parable horror. Truly disgusting. I really liked it. There's a lot in this basic concept that doesn't really bear treating it at it's face (if this is how all rich people are, then how come it's not just common knowledge?) but it's not meant too! It's very obvious analogy and it works really well! The victims are coerced into sacrificing themselves, are forced to be complicit, there's the veneer of "consent" that's laughably false -- all of it is 1:1 how it actually works. Love it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kristen Shaw

    Very fun. This was an enjoyable, cathartic read even if it is a bit too on-the-nose. The art and colouring is dynamic and bright, vibing well with the pulp horror tone. I would have liked this to be longer so we could see more of Petal and that storyline. Sarah Gailey's anti-capitalist author's note at the end is perfect and made me love them even more. Very fun. This was an enjoyable, cathartic read even if it is a bit too on-the-nose. The art and colouring is dynamic and bright, vibing well with the pulp horror tone. I would have liked this to be longer so we could see more of Petal and that storyline. Sarah Gailey's anti-capitalist author's note at the end is perfect and made me love them even more.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rowen H.

    What a ride! Felt a little rushed (this is something I feel often about both Gailey's work and comic runs) but overall a damn good time. This type of horror can seem a little on-the-nose, but I think there's something viscerally satisfying about it. What a ride! Felt a little rushed (this is something I feel often about both Gailey's work and comic runs) but overall a damn good time. This type of horror can seem a little on-the-nose, but I think there's something viscerally satisfying about it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    Yessssss I loved this! The story and the artwork were both fantastic and I 100% enjoyed the whole thing.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    A bit rushed but still a fun ride that provides some social commentary on capitalism by taking “eat the rich” and making it literal. 🙂

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rob

    A short run about the cannibalistic nature of capitalism where the opposition is fairly literal

  19. 4 out of 5

    Hannah C

    (3.5/5) A super fucked up capitalistic cannibalistic horror show, in the best way possible.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Erica

    I'm not sure what it says about me that I enjoyed this miniseries so much, but Sarah Gailey knows how to write a wild story. This story is part fish-out-of-water and part Hannibal Lecter and to say more would ruin the fun. I'm not sure what it says about me that I enjoyed this miniseries so much, but Sarah Gailey knows how to write a wild story. This story is part fish-out-of-water and part Hannibal Lecter and to say more would ruin the fun.

  21. 4 out of 5

    alisha

    2.5 thought this would be a hard hitting horrors of capitalism thing but it was just disappointing and i don’t really get the ending ? felt very rushed (probably bc it was so short)

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shelby Fielding

    "I know that you're not used to the kinds of traditions that are valued by people at this level of society. I'm sure we seem strange and silly to you. But those traditions exist for a reason, and they're important. Traditions are what make a family--and a community--last." What is the price for comfort? That seems to be the central question that Gailey wrestles with within this brief but exceptional series. Illustrators Pius Bak and Roman Titov examine this, often casting our protagonist, Joey, i "I know that you're not used to the kinds of traditions that are valued by people at this level of society. I'm sure we seem strange and silly to you. But those traditions exist for a reason, and they're important. Traditions are what make a family--and a community--last." What is the price for comfort? That seems to be the central question that Gailey wrestles with within this brief but exceptional series. Illustrators Pius Bak and Roman Titov examine this, often casting our protagonist, Joey, in isolation from her boyfriend's wealthy family. They usually stand above her while sitting, conflict her anxiety with comfort and ease, and dilute her concerns with their addictions. The more impressive feat comes in writing, however. The plotline by Gailey examines so much about capitalism and the essence of societal disparities. Asking us to empathize with exploitation, understand how someone might allow their body to be used for money, and reckon with the authenticity buried within the extreme allegory. It's too heavy with its exposition, concerning itself for too long about its explanation instead of jumping past it into something, pardon the pun, meatier. Even still, it's part Get Out, part SnowPiercer, but all of it works for the swiftness Gailey has to meditate and push the pace of her narrative. Matched with excellent art direction, this comic becomes hard to put down as we fall deeper down Alice's rabbit hole.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rhys

    I totally get the complaints about the ending being a bit too on the nose and rushed, but I still enjoyed this. Maybe it just felt a bit cathartic for it to end the way it did? The characters were interesting, the art was great, and I liked the budding romance between (view spoiler)[Joey and Petal (hide spoiler)] . I think I wanted a bit more with Astor and Joey because I kind of understood why they were together to begin with, and I got a little bit of how he is clearly conflicted over his famil I totally get the complaints about the ending being a bit too on the nose and rushed, but I still enjoyed this. Maybe it just felt a bit cathartic for it to end the way it did? The characters were interesting, the art was great, and I liked the budding romance between (view spoiler)[Joey and Petal (hide spoiler)] . I think I wanted a bit more with Astor and Joey because I kind of understood why they were together to begin with, and I got a little bit of how he is clearly conflicted over his family's literal cannibalism and exploitation, I felt like I needed more to actually feel upset when (view spoiler)[he truly turns on Joey at the end. The way it was, I honestly couldn't wait for Joey and Petal to just kill him lol. Like, I knew he was a shit and wasn't going to stand up to his family, but I wanted to be more conflicted about that realization than I was. (hide spoiler)] . I didn't need for him to be a sympathetic or likeable character even, I just wanted more conflict with that. Still, I enjoyed it and it was a fun and fast read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Richard Pulfer

    It's "Get Out" meets "Ready or Not". I made my book club read "The Echo Wife" (which was an interesting experience, considering all of my book club are senior citizens). Anyway, I really enjoyed "Magic for Liars" and at this point, I'm up for whatever Gailey's twisted mind has in store. This one is fairly twisted. A young woman meets her boyfriend's parents, only to discover a sinister ritual. It's not a ground-breaking twist (you can probably guess the gist of it from the title), but it's a taunt It's "Get Out" meets "Ready or Not". I made my book club read "The Echo Wife" (which was an interesting experience, considering all of my book club are senior citizens). Anyway, I really enjoyed "Magic for Liars" and at this point, I'm up for whatever Gailey's twisted mind has in store. This one is fairly twisted. A young woman meets her boyfriend's parents, only to discover a sinister ritual. It's not a ground-breaking twist (you can probably guess the gist of it from the title), but it's a taunt horror-thriller with enjoyable characters and good pacing. The premise itself seemed like it was perhaps intended for a short story or novelette, but the illustrations by Pius Bak and rich coloring by Roman Titov give the work a fun and frenetic style. Overall, it's a fast and fun read. It might not stand quite as tall as "Magic for Liars", but will definitely tide you over into Sarah Gailey's next novel hits the shelves.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Abigail Pankau

    Joey agrees to join her boyfriend at his parent’s beach house for the summer to meet the family and the other wealthy neighbors. But on her first night there, she discovers that this ultra-wealthy community has a dark and terrible secret tradition. And once she is in on the secret, she learns that she herself is changed by it and can never leave. Will she chose to help continue the tradition? Or will she try to find a different way out? This was a wonderfully macabre series that puts a very twis Joey agrees to join her boyfriend at his parent’s beach house for the summer to meet the family and the other wealthy neighbors. But on her first night there, she discovers that this ultra-wealthy community has a dark and terrible secret tradition. And once she is in on the secret, she learns that she herself is changed by it and can never leave. Will she chose to help continue the tradition? Or will she try to find a different way out? This was a wonderfully macabre series that puts a very twisted spin on what the rich demand of those that work for them. And I enjoyed the twist at the end.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    I was really excited for this comic -- the plot seemed really cool and fitting for our current political climate. However, this comic was really nothing special. I did enjoy the setup of the story, and finished the whole 5-part series, hence the three star rating. However, I think it severely lacked character development. And, the ending happened way too quickly, and as other reviewers have said, was too on-the-nose. I think this series had potential to do something bigger, but in the end it was p I was really excited for this comic -- the plot seemed really cool and fitting for our current political climate. However, this comic was really nothing special. I did enjoy the setup of the story, and finished the whole 5-part series, hence the three star rating. However, I think it severely lacked character development. And, the ending happened way too quickly, and as other reviewers have said, was too on-the-nose. I think this series had potential to do something bigger, but in the end it was predictable. If it had a different ending, I would have liked the entire series better.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kali ❤️

    A really unexpected comment on capitalism. The carnal atmosphere is intense. It’s also kind of horrendous. It was thought provoking but extremely on the nose. The ending felt extremely sudden and left a lot to be desired. It may require a second read to allow for a better more concrete opinion but honestly not sure if it deserves that. Throughout the comic you feel a bit lost in the dynamics of the charcaters a bit. I know it is a limited/short release five issue comic but more oculd have been d A really unexpected comment on capitalism. The carnal atmosphere is intense. It’s also kind of horrendous. It was thought provoking but extremely on the nose. The ending felt extremely sudden and left a lot to be desired. It may require a second read to allow for a better more concrete opinion but honestly not sure if it deserves that. Throughout the comic you feel a bit lost in the dynamics of the charcaters a bit. I know it is a limited/short release five issue comic but more oculd have been done to develop the charcaters better along with the entire concept behind it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Martin

    3.5ish? I don't know, maybe more. I agree with others that the ending felt too rushed; I was really enjoying the read and realized this when I looked and saw how little left of the book I had left. It was all very anticlimactic. What I DO love is the intrapersonal discussion I had regarding the comic's relevance to the current climate. While the idea and concept of "eating the rich" is not a novel one, I appreciate Gailey's take. 3.5ish? I don't know, maybe more. I agree with others that the ending felt too rushed; I was really enjoying the read and realized this when I looked and saw how little left of the book I had left. It was all very anticlimactic. What I DO love is the intrapersonal discussion I had regarding the comic's relevance to the current climate. While the idea and concept of "eating the rich" is not a novel one, I appreciate Gailey's take.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Emily Stensloff

    gross! and freaky! and fun! tbh it could stand to be a little more (pun absolutely intended) meaty, as it's a bit rushed. but i had a blast reading this, so i don't really care. i would one hundred percent consume (also intended ;) lol) this story in various other media as well: TV show, movie, full length text story, sequel. a great summer read. (view spoiler)[ joey and petal kissing while splattered in blood??? praise be (hide spoiler)] gross! and freaky! and fun! tbh it could stand to be a little more (pun absolutely intended) meaty, as it's a bit rushed. but i had a blast reading this, so i don't really care. i would one hundred percent consume (also intended ;) lol) this story in various other media as well: TV show, movie, full length text story, sequel. a great summer read. (view spoiler)[ joey and petal kissing while splattered in blood??? praise be (hide spoiler)]

  30. 5 out of 5

    zuceth

    loved the first 4 issues! the end could have been better, even if it was the same plot it could have been elaborated more, we didnt really get any details i would have loved it if it was longer, spent more time dealing with the ending instead of a just a couple pages, it all got resolved way too fast i really enjoyed the art style tho

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