Friday, August 12, 2016

Comic Book You Should Be Reading: The Fix (Image)

The Fix - Written by Nick Spencer; Art by Steve Lieber; Colors by Ryan Hill; Lettering and Design by Nic J. Shaw; Published by Image Comics

By Kenny Howell

Corrupt cops try to dig themselves out of trouble in this crime comedy from the fine folks at Image.

Through four issues, Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber have walked that fine line of smart and stupid. layering a dense crime story with lots of bawdy humor. It's that line that filmmakers like Judd Apatow (or really any of his proteges) have taken, though The Fix relies on its characters navigating their troubles to really hit its marks.

Roy, a corrupt cop who has no problem framing other officers, or making up fake cop hero stories to sell the rights to film producers, has gotten himself into trouble. To get out of it, he must do a job for a pleasant on the surface, organic food loving mobster. He has to get a package through the airport past a drug sniffing dog named Pretzels, a Beagle who is the best in the business.

I will leave how they get there, because that is funnest part of The Fix. It is off the wall funny, and the lengths of which Roy and his buddies are willing to go is where The Fix gets its biggest laughs. It occasionally pushes that and tries a bit too hard, but Spencer really knows how to land comedic moments, so it is easy to forgive.

The first four issues of The Fix are now available wherever you get your comic fix.

Rating: ***1/2

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