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31st October 2013

12:56am: The Fox #1 THANKS
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THANKS to everyone who came out to my signing (Big Ups to all the cats at JHU Comic Books!) and to everyone who picked up a copy and/or downloaded THE FOX #1 and gave us nice reviews. I'm very grateful for your cheer and support. If the "Freak Magnet" story sells well, there's a good chance I'll be able to do more FOX stories.

I received a lot of messages from friends, family, and fans saying that their comix shop sold out of THE FOX #1 and they couldn't get it. No worries. A 2nd printing is being made available very soon (please alert your local comix store and let 'em know) and you can always buy/read it digitally via ComiXology: http://www.comixology.com/The-Fox-1/digital-comic/49179

Pre-orders are CRITICAL and help insure you get the comix you want to read in print so that you don't miss out. So, please ask your local store to pre-order it. This is very important. Again, thanks and I hope everyone gets to enjoy THE FOX.
1:01am: Comic Vine reviews THE FOX #1
Excerpts:

"THE FOX conjures up a very Golden Age feeling -- retro-styled visuals, plenty of action, and a wild, kooky villain. Haspiel and Waid have brought the classic Red Circle Fox back, and done it with great respect for the genre.

Conceptually, The Fox has a pretty good thing going on -- putting on the suit to make things interesting, then relying on the suit when they get too interesting -- and it's a neat interpretation of the costumed-but-not-powered-hero. I like the honesty of The Fox's nature, and I like that he isn't invulnerable -- seeing him take a beating from powered villains or street thugs is endearing and makes me want to root for him.

THE FOX feels timeless, and its clean, neo-noir story and styling are just right for a Red Circle revival. Pairing a regular-guy-hero with a classically over-the-top villain is a great start, and it's done in a manner that's friendly to a wide audience (perhaps not small children, but it's appropriate for younger readers in ways that many mainstream superhero books aren't). Haspiel and Waid have also teased an upcoming villain that feels Cold War classic, hopefully suggesting their intention to preserve the retro feel of the series."

Read the rest of the review here: http://www.comicvine.com/reviews/the-fox-1/1900-2362/
2:27am: IGN reviews THE FOX #1
"Dean Haspiel plots and draws this issue, giving us a fun, frantic comic filled with inspired cartooning. There's a kinetic energy to his work, an exaggerated feeling to every panel that is engaging and fun. It all looks good, but when you get to that double page spread of The Fox dropping an elbow on Madame Satan things really kicks into superb territory. Without a doubt, this is a great looking comic book."

Read the rest of the review here: http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/10/31/the-fox-1-review
2:30am: Drunk On Comics reviews THE FOX #1
"Haspiel didn’t just plot this fun story, he also provided the line art for our adventure. His style melds perfectly to the Red Circle style we saw in New Crusaders last year, and is just as dynamic as any other super-hero title on the shelves now! The scene where “Lucy Fur” trying to keep Paul from seeing her true self (with a name like “Lucy Fur,” I think you can figure out why) and the battle that ensued is full of laughs and action!

The Fox #1 is a great debut for our hero, and, to borrow a phrase from a bygone era…a rip-roaring good time! If you can’t find any issues of this title at your local comic shop…go to another comic shop until you do!!! And tell the shop owner “Shame on you, sir! Why don’t you carry ‘The Fox’? I’ll take my business elswhere! Good day, sir!!” So, in case you couldn’t tell, you should probably go read this book, like, now!"

Read the rest of the review here: http://www.drunkoncomics.com/the-fox-1-review/
2:35am: Graphic Policy reviews THE FOX #1
"The first issue is a blend when it comes to style, it’s a bit Haspiel and Waid, mixed with that family friendly style we expect from Archie. This isn’t a gritty action series, it’s much safer in content, harkening back to fun super hero comics of times past when everything wasn’t gritty and dirty, and that’s something that’s needed and missing from today’s comic market.

A team mixes up the art and it’s all solid, matching the writing. There’s lots of fun action sequences for them to match their style to the story. It’s a great combination and works really well."

Read the rest of the review here: http://graphicpolicy.com/2013/10/30/review-the-fox-1/
6:34pm: Comic Critique reviews THE FOX #1
Honored by Adam McGovern's humbling review of THE FOX #1. Thank you, kind sir.

--Dino

“Comics as good as they should have been,” that’s Erik Larsen’s mantra for his line of “Next Issue Project” one-shots from Image reviving obsolete comic characters of the 1930s and ’40s, and The Fox from Archie’s Red Circle imprint is the kind of first chance that all promising comics concepts deserve.

The character exists in a simultaneous universe of past and present already, being known (if at all) for both ultra-vintage adventures in the costumed-mystery-men era of the comics market’s first superhero bubble (’30s), and for a disastrously-hip reboot in the “camp” era of mass-marketed counterculture (’60s).

Neo-pop master Dean Haspiel on art and story is the one you get to go straight to the source, not the surface, of what makes eternally fresh pulp appealing, and co-writer Mark Waid is the conversational connoisseur who can capture the current moment in a way that puts reader and character in the middle of what’s truly hip and not just trending.

The Fox is in some ways the ideal choice from Archie’s perennially revived and obscured “Mighty Crusaders” to headline a comic; little-known even among this mid-radar stable, and seldom mentioned in historical surveys (for people who, if they do remember him, probably think he was a hero for the company called Fox), this Fox is just the candidate for the costumed-working-stiff persona Haspiel and Waid have given him; a generic (unpowered) superman made iconic everyman by this team.

The point is that this character is a thrill-junkie who also can’t kick the idea of justice, and feels compelled to wade into the weirdness of modern life and brewing dictatorship and pervasive corporate crime with his own WTF getup. A calculated “Freak Magnet,” as the first arc is titled.

Haspiel’s fluid kinetics and exuberant charm conjure the essence of what makes comics both brashly immediate and enduringly involving; he makes much great use of the colliding panel-layout and the single scene segmented by borders to give a feeling of whirlwind action and the eye panning briskly over the space. Waid’s happy-warrior CV on the standard-setting Daredevil brings the exact vocabulary that gives this story believability, the misadventures of a man who embraces the extremes of experience while claiming to love and long for order and simplicity. The key to this, as Waid realizes, is that the basic issues of existence are indeed uncomplicated after all — do no harm, tell the truth, provide for all — but we, trying to live these out, are anything but.

Haspiel writes an eloquent essay in the back that describes he and his dad’s sense of citizenship and tendency toward trouble in the name of good as they see it; his Fox is not a vigilante but a volunteer, and this makes his bizarre adventures believable against formidable odds.

The main story has the Fox just trying to settle down with his wife and kids while not being able to resist exposing a social-media scheme that could be a lot worse than the usual group-mind absorption; this is a whimsical and insightful social satire that Waid handles with straightforward wit, while the surreal backup story, both drawn and written by Haspiel, is a layered and swirled tale of an old Polaroid camera as a kind of genie-bottle of elusive moments. In Waid’s main feature we see the exterior of reality, and in Haspiel’s vignette we see the weirdness from the weirdness’ point of view.

The package is rounded out by a capsule history of the character (skipping over DC Comics’ two outsourced attempts in the 1990s and 2000s). The Fox is a guy who has gotten up from certain disappearance time and again. This version will not get out of your mind any time soon."

--Adam McGovern, Comic Critique

http://www.comiccritique.com/v4/?p=2322
7:00pm: Broken Frontier raves about THE FOX #1
"Haspiel’s clean visual storytelling and kinetic pages keep the pace moving at a good clip without scrimping on the emotional or physical details. Waid’s dialogue is as tight as ever, though he does loosen up a bit, keeping things light yet ever-so-sharp. Overall, this is a book with buoyancy – stripped-down, extremely well-crafted but light on its feet and never, ever taking itself too seriously. Featuring a delightful bonus back-up short by Haspiel, this is a debut that keeps on giving, adding value for the price of admission, a trend that will continue next issue with a Shield back-up story, by J.M. DeMatteis, Mike Cavallaro, and Terry Austin.

Now, take a deep breath. Feel that? Feel refreshed? Of course you do, because that’s what comics feel like when their fun. Crazy isn’t it? Yeah, crazy like a Fox."

Read the rest of the review here: http://www.brokenfrontier.com/the-fox-1/
7:04pm: Forces of Geek reviews THE FOX #1
"This book is not just for comic book historians or snobby collectors, this is a street level hero, with Parker and Murdock problems, the colors are bright and the problems aren’t dark but strange. Give this book a shot, Deano has promised big things coming up, and reading a superhero story without much pretense is a sigh of relief!"

http://www.forcesofgeek.com/2013/10/triple-shot-with-digital-chaser-sandman.html#more
7:09pm: Multiversity Comics reviews THE FOX #1
"Dean Haspiel’s cartooning plays up the campy aspects of men and women jumping around in costume, making the cowl of “The Fox” into something floppy and comedic, at times. The same holds true for the villain of the opening piece – an over-the-top approximation of so many classic villains in sci-fi/fantasy fiction. Haspiel’s greatest asset is ability to play up the comedy. He really goes all out here. When a character needs to look terribly smitten with someone, Haspiel dials up the goofiest, laugh-out-loud representation of the emotion. The tone is set through Haspiel’s art."

Read the rest of the review here: http://multiversitycomics.com/reviews/review-the-fox-1/
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