As usual it all starts with the blurb…
NEW RED CIRCLE SERIES! From the world of the New Crusaders, comes the FANTASTIC debut of the high-flying FOX! Emmy Award winning writer/artist Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma, HBO’s Bored to Death) and Eisner Award winning writer Mark Waid (Daredevil, Thrillbent) bring the legendary, pulp-style hero The Fox to life in “Freak Magnet, Part One: The True Face of MyFace”! When photojournalist Paul Patton, Jr. donned a super hero costume, he thought it would be a quick way to make some news—now the strange and unusual just can’t help but be drawn to the freak-magnetism of the fabulous fighting FOX! While working on a puff-piece at the Red Circle Gazette, an evil truth about social media mogul Lucy Fur is discovered, bringing Paul face-to-face with a criminal kingpin! Get in on the ground floor with the hottest new fall series featuring art and story from the biggest names in comics today! Including variant cover art from Darwyn Cooke and Fiona Staples! Get freaky!
Let’s see; Dean Haspiel, Mark Waid, superhero-pulp-crime-noir. Yea that’s definitely worth checking out! I really wasn’t sure what to expect, I know both Waid and Haspiel’s work but I wasn’t sure how they’d play it. Look at the concept, you want the elevator pitch? (I can’t stand elevator pitches by the way) This is grown-up Spiderman meets Brubaker’s Fatale.
The idea that someone with talents Paul Patton displays (he doesn’t appear to have powers) would don a costume and put himself in harm’s way to further his career is a good one. I had always sneered at the quickness with which Peter Parker absorbed the “with great power…” lesson. Life doesn’t usually hand out such convenient lessons. Then mix that personality with a decidedly supernatural and organized crime filled world, instead of one filled with the super-powered, and you have all the makings of a really interesting series. Now the only question I have is will they take it too far in any one direction? I can happily say that the tone of this first issue is a wonderful balance between wit and action. It’s a really fun read, a strong an engaging story that’s not too violent or too campy.
As you can see Dean Haspiel’s art is a perfect match in tone. His story-telling and style suit the pulpy noir-ish nature of the story well and the color palette keeps the story from being too dark or gritty. This is rare for me these days but this book gets:
Five Demonic Skull Faced Ladies Out Of Five!
Pick it up on 10/30 at a shop near you!
The Fox #1
Plot/Script: Dean Haspiel, Mark Waid
Art: Dean Haspiel, Allen Passalaqua, John Workman
Cover: Dean Haspiel
FREAK MAGNET Variant: Dean Haspiel
Running with the Foxes Variant Cover: Darwyn Cooke
High-Flying Variant Cover: Fiona Staples
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 10/30
32-page, full color comic
Want to see those variant covers from Cooke, Staples, and Haspiel?? (yes you really do) Then click on over to redcirclecomics.com and check them out! You can also keep up-to-date on The Fox by following Red Circle Comics on Facebook and Twitter.