Review: The Fix #2

CoverGood news for people who love reading comics about bad people: The Fix #2 is out, and it’s just as great as the first issue.

Writer Nick Spencer keeps up the same witty rapport and artist Steve Lieber adds in a healthy dose of visual humor as the story picks up right where #1 left off. Roy and Mac work toward getting past Pretzels, the ferocious (adorable) beagle (protagonist) that stands between them and getting paid. Meanwhile, readers learn a little more about the kombucha and kale loving Josh, as well as the other members of the department.

As with Superior Foes of Spider-Man, the main characters–not quite protagonists–are the kind of idiots you can’t help but root for. Roy and Mac may be terrible people, but they have (some) morals, and while their aforementioned idiot qualities have gotten them into some hot water with a bluegrass-loving stay-at-home dad, it doesn’t make the story hard to read. Rather, both the characters and story are, above all, smart. This particular brand of cleverness from Spencer and Lieber isn’t unexpected, and they use it to maximum efficiency with Roy and Mac, whose smarts are used to keep readers guessing about what will happen next.

Lieber’s art is a wonderful counterpoint to the narrative, often helping to successfully convey the wit of the story, which isn’t an easy task. The visual humor is just as hilarious as the textual humor, one thing that makes the story work so well. The facial expressions and body language of the characters are spot on, setting a lighthearted tone for a comic about felons. Ryan Hill nails the colors, and Nic J. Shaw’s lettering and design ensure that all jokes are told in the most humorous way possible. 

The Fix hasn’t lost any of its hilarity as it delves deeper into the story, and is absolutely worth a pull list spot. If you didn’t get a chance last month, both issues #1 and #2 are worth checking out–and the #1 second printing variant now features none other than the heroic Pretzels.

Story: Nick Spencer Art: Steve Lieber Colors: Ryan Hill Lettering: Nic J. Shaw
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review