Review – The Fix #3 (Image Comics)


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Publisher: Image Comics
Story: Nick Spencer
Art: Steve Lieber, Ryan Hill
Release Date: 8th June 2016

Sometimes life throws a curveball at you, this may even appear as simply in the form of someone else’s creation. When you watch a movie or read a book, you will have expectations–mainly for larger titles–but then you have smaller titles that you may have no expectations for, which is what gives them the opportunity to blow you away. Sometimes you come across something so inspired and uniquely awesome, you don’t know what to make of it. Neil Blomkamp’s District 9 is a good example of this, or Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction. Tonight I read something that shocked me in a similar fashion. Tonight I’m here to talk about issue #3 of Nick Spencer’s The Fix.

In Issue #3 of The Fix, our “antagonist” (if you want to call him that) finds himself taking out the next step in his convoluted, fucked up plan. He has successfully become the new security guard for a local child star in an attempt to get her to read his script and take interest in starring in it. But things don’t go smoothly, as anticipated, leading down a dark, twisted trail of bullshit, as these stories do.

What works so well about this book first and foremost is the wonderful script by Nick Spencer. This story feels like something that he is truly passionate about, feeling very inspired and full of personality. I’d say that Spencer has shades of Shane Black in his writing, being very similar in tone and with that uniquely snappy dialogue. “Snappy” is certainly the word I’d use, creating dialogue that is constantly compelling to read. I don’t think there was a single word in this whole book that I wasn’t latched onto completely, because it constantly nails that fun tone. Spencer is able to use witty banter with clever, wild humor to make a very fresh, fun take on the crime genre.

Not only is the writing clever and fun, the story itself is incredibly zany. Spencer has taken the basic story of two dirty cops doing wild shit to payoff a gangster and made it original. It’s Lethal Weapon if those two were dirty cops and total dickheads. The story is always able to go that one extra step in the crazy direction, every single chance it gets. The story is convoluted, but that’s the point. It’s hard to follow exactly what’s going on because of the stupid, crazy situations that our main characters keep getting it. This makes each issue so unexpected, with this issue in particular certainly having some wild twists.

This book’s strongest point may be the script, which constantly makes you laugh out loud, but I also need to give props to the visuals by the duo of Ryan Hill (coloring) and Steve Lieber (artist). The colors are very warm and beautiful to look at, perfectly capturing that Los Angeles atmosphere. The coloring of this book really helps to give it it’s own flavor, plus they are matched with wonderful character designs. Lieber is a master at drawing facial expressions and is able to use the simplest details to obtain a certain emotion perfectly. He’s so good at creating these facial expressions that even a simple panel with just an expression can make me laugh out loud, no dialogue even needed. The whole visual landscape brings this cartoonish story to life in just the right way, capturing that attitude and personality from Spencer’s script.

This is me breaking down to you what I love about The Fix issue #3, but you honestly have to read it yourself to understand what works so well about it. If you’ve been keeping up with The Fix, then this issue will certainly quench your thirst for more, but if you haven’t started reading yet then you should immediately. The story is unpredictably crazy, the dialogue is hilarious, the characters are fun and the visuals are gorgeous. It’s been so long since I’ve read an original idea that was so inspired and compelling to read. This is the type of book that will put a smile on your face the whole time. I can’t recommend this book enough, no review on the internet can do justice to just how fun it is and I can’t wait for the next issue.

Rating: 5/5.

MikeThe writer of this piece was: Mike Annernio
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