Review: The Fix #1
Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber’s new comic, a crime story called The Fix, has already been receiving rave reviews all over the internet, and deservedly so. Spencer and Lieber are well known for their work on the sleeper hit Superior Foes of Spider-Man, which also highlighted the team’s skill with creating a humor book, though at a distinctly more PG-13 level.
The Fix’s pilot issue is forty pages of quick wit and satirical humor. It’s a twist on the buddy cop trope, featuring two bumbling protagonists or, more appropriately, main characters who don’t solve crimes, they commit them. The first issue has a lot to offer in terms of story, with significant exposition through both dialogue and art. This serves to quickly build both the story and the main character, Roy, in a way that doesn’t bog down the plot or get caught in itself.
The pages are dialogue-heavy, but Spencer’s writing is smart and economical, which allows the plot to progress without the text being at all boring or burdensome to read. It also helps that the dialogue in several places is laugh-out-loud funny, and it’s accompanied by action-packed panels as a counterpoint.
This comic could have easily been skewed toward a gritty tone, and while it is an irreverent story with unhinged characters, it’s also wildly entertaining. The Fix pokes fun at the institutions at the heart of the story, and the humor toes the line of “too far,” but without making crappy jokes at others’ expense. It is undoubtedly its own story, but one that mixes elements of Archer with classic crime comedies and the wit of Stephen Colbert. Fans of Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s Sex Criminals will likely enjoy the offbeat and inappropriate humor of The Fix.
Steve Lieber’s art is perfect for the story, capturing each ridiculous scene with some truly well-thought details that add yet another element of humor. (Advice: Focus particularly on the self-help books. Get out a magnifying glass if necessary.) Ryan Hill’s colors work perfectly with the art and complement the story well. The visual aspects of the comic are every bit as good as the story, and it all makes for a strong first issue.
With one conflict already set up and its main characters established, there’s no saying where The Fix will go next. It’s a fast, fun, hilarious read that’s already on par with other humor books. Make room on your pull list, because The Fix deserves a spot.
Story: Nick Spencer Art: Steve Lieber
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy
Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.