Anti-heroes are very interesting characters. Bad guys who know they’re bad guys? Those are some of the best characters of all. Guys like Bryan Cranston as Walter White, Ray Liotta as Henry Hill, Al Pacino as The Devil, David Carradine as Bill, James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano, they’re all bad guys who truly know they’re bad guys. Some may pretend to be justified, or sympathetic, some are more redemptive than others but they all know who they really are. A good villain who knows he’s a villain can be so mesmerizing.
Nick Spencer’s main characters, can’t call them the heroes, know very well what side of the line they’re on and we just can’t help but follow along. They are making all the decisions that get them to where they are, and they’re not apologizing for any of it. It’s a vicarious thrill, one that you may deny enjoying but believe me you will.
The language definitely sets the bar at mature, there is some real rated R dialogue that was hysterical and so well written. But the violence and nudity are tame by normal mature and crime comic standards. People still get murdered, graphically, but in an industry where books like The Walking Dead are on the stands this book was easy on the eyes. I give a lot of that to Steve Lieber. If you’re familiar with his work, like my favorites, Whiteout, Whiteout: Melt, and Underground, you know he’s got talent and class. Both really come through in this book.
I could write you a synopsis but I think that would be a mistake. Nick Spencer gives us approximately 36 pages of great story, and when you finish reading it you’ll simultaneously feel like you read an entire graphic novel and you’ll wish there was one more page. To give any of that story away would be a real crime (yea, you see what I did there.) Instead of a synopsis here’s some quotes Steve Lieber and Nick Spencer gave to Image Comics.
“After working with Steve on Superior Foes of Spider-Man, and having so much fun there—it’s an absolute thrill getting to work together again here at Image on a book that’s creator-owned, and being able to push the envelope of our humor to new, um, lows,” said Spencer. “The Fix is us at our most demented, and it’s a blast.”
Lieber added: “I’m happy to say that The Fix is a truly funny story about truly awful people. Nick Spencer, Ryan Hill, Nic Shaw and I are all working hard together to create an endlessly surprising tale full of shining moments of self-centered garbage humanity.”
And here’s a blurb from Image Comics:
THE FIX is a story of the crooked cops, scheming mobsters, and corrupt politicians that run Los Angeles—and the sex toy that can bring them all down. Oh, and the hero is a drug-sniffing beagle named Pretzels. Bad people do bad things to each other in this frenetic, outrageous, sometimes off-putting new caper that gives nod to classic crime comics like CRIMINAL and 100 Bullets.
The Fix #1 hits the stands on April 6th, if you haven’t pre-ordered it then you need to reach out to your local comic shop and ask them to pull you one, because this book will sell out.
The Fix gets a solid four out of five. You will kick yourself if you don’t buy this one.
THE FIX #1
Story By: Nick Spencer
Art By: Steve Lieber
Cover By: Steve Lieber
Published: April 6, 2016
Diamond ID: FEB160465