"Dean Haspiel and Allen Passalaqua go for the vintage gusto throughout this debut issue, rendering each setting and character as if they will inhabited the bygone era that Paul Patton, Jr. so desperately wants to return to. Haspiel’s heavily inked character designs coupled with Passalaqua’s naturalistic color palette give The Fox #1 the look of a old-school newspaper strip expanded across twenty-four pages. Though he doesn’t spend much time in costume, the Fox’s outfit also pops every time it is in frame, thanks in large part to Haspiel’s amazing masked expressions. The Fox’s costume has long since been a visual high point of this series and despite it not making too many appearances this time around, Haspiel and Passalaqua make the most of when we see it. Striking superhero costume design is few and far between nowadays, but The Fox has still got it, on top of a vintage comic look and feel.
And so, after an emotional first issue culminating in a declaration that will reverberate through the rest of the series, The Fox is back in shops in a big way this week. Dean Haspiel, Mark Waid, and Allen Passalaqua keep it simple for this return issue and the results are as effective as they are narratively satisfying. For too long as superhero’s family has been an object of derision or, even worse, a narrative excuse for torture, but The Fox takes a higher road and allows its main character’s family to function as an extension of him, giving The Fox #1 a layer of emotion that is often neglected in superhero comics. Paul Patton, Jr. is a family man first and a superhero second, and that is worth a thousand superpowers any day."
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