There’s something undeniably brilliant about what Dark Circle Comics is doing right now, most especially with the writers and artists they have. One of the particular stand outs is The Fox written by Dean Haspiel and Mark Waid, with art by Dean Haspiel. We’re greatly enjoying all of Dark Circle’s titles, but most especially The Fox. It’s easily one of the most enjoyable and happens to be quite smart as well. Of course it has to be considering you have someone like Dean Haspiel and Mark Waid; you know you won’t be getting your average, run of the mill, story.
The Fox was easily the most exciting and charming of comic book titles out this year. Starting in April, the fifth and concluding story for this arc finishes on Wednesday, August 5th. Chapter 5, “I, Superhero” is just about the most fun I’ve had with Dark Circle’s comic series and I’m constantly thankful for that Free Comic Book Day 2015 special that introduced me to him. At the conclusion of Paul Patton Jr’s story, he’s finally come face to face with Mr. Smile. With his son abducted, we see a very different side to the comic, yet is still maintains its love letter and send up of all the great silver age stories. As The Fox, he comes head to head with villains Lodestone, Bull Frog, Radiation Rogue, Mighty Man, and Dragonfly. It’s pure creativity unbound and you’d be hard pressed not to find a lovable aspect of what Dean Haspiel has created. There’s such an enormity to this universe and it’s a personal wish of mine that more people discover this title and world of characters.
You know, some of my favorite super hero stories are like George Reeves Superman where he would grab someone’s gun and turn it into a pretzel. Why isn’t that good enough? And then you tell a story around that, you know, it shouldn’t be about saving the planet every issue or the fact that some mass-murderer is raping and pillaging and killing everybody. I’m not into that kind of villainy.
It’s such a relief that The Fox is as particular about what kind of super hero comic book it is as much as the kind that it actively avoids. This is what you’re getting with Dark Circle Comics’ The Fox. There’s an exceptional balance in Chapter 5, “I, Superhero” that’s rare these days. Not concerning itself with an over-arching kind of threat, we get a more immediately urgent story of a family man. After having spent the past few days reading Haspiel’s Billy Dogma, I started to develop a greater understanding for the kind of voice he has and uses to greatly further his stories. Paul Patton Jr is a “freak magnet.” It’s almost as if the gods have chosen him to be their undisputed and underrated hero of the people. Haspiel’s take on The Fox is almost as romanticized as Billy Dogma being The Last Romantic Action Hero. It works great and when Paul Patton Jr’s wife joins the mix as She-Fox, we are treated to a wholly fun and dynamic fight sequence. It’s over the next few pages that we’re reminded why we love comic books.
Despite The Fox Chapter 5 “I, Superhero” being a fun book to pick up and read, there’s a real commentary being made on super heroics, villainy, and family that comes through right to the end. In less capable hands, the concluding chapter in Dark Circle Comics’ The Fox series might seem sloppy. But with Dean Haspiel and Mark Waid, we get 2015’s must read comic series.
Dark Circle Comics’ The Fox Chapter 5 is out Wednesday, August 5th. We give it five stars!
The Fox #5
Plot: Dean Haspiel
Art: Dean Haspiel, Rachel Deering and Allen Passalaqua
Script: Mark Waid
Cover: Dean Haspiel
Variants: Robert Hack, David Mack, Eli Powell, Bill Sienkiewicz
On Sale Date: 8/5
32 page, full-color comic