Every once in awhile a book will appear on the shelves that catches readers off-guard, shaking the mainstream comic world up a bit. Sometimes the impact isn’t felt through direct market sales; you may not find the book sitting sky-high on Diamond’s top ten list of single issues every month, but there is enough buzz surrounding the book that encourages the readership to grow and fall in love with the series. Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber found that buzz with their hit of D-list Marvel villains in their run on Superior Foes of Spider-Man. These two creators not only found a team of characters that worked perfectly for what they were trying to accomplish, but they locked into a writer/artist chemistry that you can only hope to find when reading a contemporary story by Bendis/Oeming or Brubaker/Phillips.

Fast forward some, Superior Foes of Spider-Man comes to an end leaving the door open for a new Spencer/Lieber collaboration The Fix, which found a home at Image Comics. Picking up tonally right where Superior Foes left off, The Fix follows a pair of crooked cops, Roy and Mac, looking to use their position in the LAPD as leverage to further along their criminal activities. After finding themselves in a bind, the dimwitted try to devise a plan in order to get a jump on the money they owe Josh, a calm, socially conscious, forward-thinking family-man who has a psychopathic bloodlust and a penchant for brutally murdering those who cross him. Josh gives Roy and Mac a mission, one to find a way out of the mess they’ve made, and it is one that nobody else is willing to take on: befriend Pretzels, a mean, no-nonsense drug-sniffing beagle that also happens to be the best TSA agent employed at LAX, in order to breach airport security.

The two buffoon-like cops decide to split up duties in an attempt to speed up the process of debt consolidation. While Mac is desperately trying to get in Pretzels’ good graces, Roy takes on a job as a bodyguard. Sounds simple enough? Pretzels despises Mac and doesn’t seem to trust him, and the teenage actress Roy is guarding is not unlike Miley Cyrus or Lindsay Lohan welcoming drama, drugs, and the negative press. Everything that could go wrong does.

The books where Nick Spencer adds his brand of (sometimes irreverent but always self-aware) humor always land. Spencer has proven time and time again he is a versatile writer, but his comedic stories read with a passion and urgency that some of the more serious works may lack. On the opposite end of the creative team, Steve Lieber’s art is incredible. Delivering a more unrefined style than his work at the big two, he doesn’t shy away from the mature content. The art lends itself to the humor of the book well, and colorist Ryan Hill is also to thank for that, making every single panel pop with vibrancy and emotion.

Very rarely do comics bring me to the point of tears from laughing so hard, but The Fix did just that. Side-splittingly funny, an absolute treat to look at, and on sale for only $9.99, there is no reason why you should pass The Fix, Vol. 1 – Where Beagles Dare up!


    

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