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Dean Haspiel


15th April 2015

2:10am: CBR reviews The Fox #1
"There's a Golden Age vibe in his beliefs and values, something that feels beautifully old school.

Haspiel's legendary cartooning also works for both genres, adding a bit of lightheartedness to the darker story elements, not unlike Bruce Timm's work on "Batman: The Animated Series." It brings the more outrageous aspects of the story back down to Earth, making it believable that a guy of Paul's ability could take on the supernatural. Any scene with the Fox is a highlight; the minimal design works well under his pencil."

Read the entire review here: http://www.comicbookresources.com/comic-review/the-fox-1-dark-circle-comics
2:14am: Broken Frontier - Staff Picks reviews The Fox #1
"As he wrestles with demons from his own past, will the Fox finally retire his signature floppy ears and turn the page on a storied superhero career? Or will the story – and the freaks – pull him down the rabbit hole once again? Find out in this fast-paced, action-packed ongoing series!"

Read the entire review here: http://www.brokenfrontier.com/bloodshot-reborn-fox-runlovekill-fade-out-staff-picks/
2:20am: Bleeding Cool reviews The Fox #1
"Fox Hunt #1 sets us up for a dark ride by the end of the issue as we begin to realize forces are gathering against the Fox despite his lack of intentional involvement in crimefighting. But one of the things that makes me confident that Fox Hunt is going to be as compelling, and most likely even more compelling, than the first Fox mini-series by Waid and Haspiel is the use of language. It’s hard-nosed, punchy, bullet-proof, and part of an almost jazz-like structure of narrative boxes tumbling through the panels forming a distinctive rhythm to the movement of the story. We hear Patton’s thoughts, his memories, his reactions, and they punctuate and harmonize with his movements in an interesting back and forth, giving the comic an energy in the tension between language and image that few comics, if any, utilize these days when it’s becoming all too common for the speech and the images in a comic to essentially “say” the same thing.

As Patton reflects on whether it’s ever possible to get your “innocence back” as someone from his past comments, he’s bruised, battered, and already wrestling his past to the ground in Fox Hunt #1. He’s the ultimate combination of noir detective, Marlowe-like beset by a world of troubles and the superhero with a target on his back for all the underworld he’s managed to cross in his lengthening career. Will he ever find out who he really is or wants to be? Fox Hunt is going to force Paul Patton to answer his own questions before others answer those questions for him in ways he may not like. The Dark Circle goes darker in Fox Hunt, and it’s going to show you a hero, and a man, under siege. His humor, his language, his versatility, are all going to be put to the test as the story, indeed, comes to him in very big ways. What starts as a trip down memory lane takes only moments to turn into a toxic punch-up, and that’s only the beginning of what’s in store for Paul Patton in Fox Hunt."

Read the entire review here: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2015/04/14/advance-review-a-punch-up-on-memory-lane-for-fox-hunt-1/
2:22am: ComicBook.com The Fox #2 sneak-peek
"In the second issue of 'Fox Hunt,' I tried to slow things down and finally let The Fox hang up his superhero trunks so he could help improve his son's golf swing and macrame a community quilt with his wife for their local cauliflower festival. I really, really tried. But, that's not going to happen," said Haspiel.

2:28am: Nerdspan reviews The Fox #1
"Haspiel’s figure work blends the best of the cartoony side of the comic book masters, and he is especially adept at using the reader’s mind as an extra brush to add a dimension to the action, like Alex Toth and Frank Miller. The staging in issue one is also reminiscent of Rob Guillory’s work in Chew, which will make the first issue feel especially fresh to fans of the prior series, as it seems to be a side of Haspiel that we haven’t seen before and reflects some cross-pollination from current cartoon art styles. Fans of recent cartoon art action series such as Chew, Rocket Raccoon, and Sexcastle should not leave The Fox on the racks. Fans of vintage superhero cartoon-styled art (Toth and Miller, also Kirby, Swan, Ditko, and Infantino) will have all their nostalgia buttons activated at the same time. It is a freeing experience to find another comic in which the creators know that the experience of it is in your head and not on the page and spend as much time on the layout and the direction and not on overworking the panels into an opaque mess. Instead of trying to translate a prose story to a comic book page, this comic leads with its visual choices, choosing sometimes to focus on the foreground by using minimalist backgrounds, or having objects break the gutters of the panels to extend their reach, or to become panels themselves, such as when this tarot card intrudes into the narrative."

"Composed of grabbing visuals, visceral tension between father and son, and romantic conflict between superhero and supervillain, The Fox #1 is a unique reading experience that will draw you back for a few re-readings, and it is a definite recommendation for your pull list this week."

Read the entire review here: http://www.nerdspan.com/the-fox-1-by-dean-haspiel-and-mark-waid-review/
11:24am: Deadshirt reviews The Fox #1
"Haspiel and Waid’s Fox is a stern-jawed legacy hero, a photojournalist trying to live up to his father’s example while taking care of his own family. He has a weariness to him, and he’s neither excited to see his childhood hometown demolished by corporate buyers, nor by the appearance of a supervillain to tangle with. Haspiel draws him rumpled and perturbed, like a cut-rate Batman or Daredevil. Still, the Fox is a capable hero, as evidenced by how many people have an axe to grind with him. The final scene, which sets up the overarching plot, features the Fox’s colorful dangerous rogue’s gallery called together for a bounty on his head. The use of bland smile iconography as a sinister, villainous motif is a solid choice, one that ties the banality of evil even more closely to corporate activities."

Read the rest of the review here: http://deadshirt.net/2015/04/15/your-deadshirt-new-comics-shopping-list-for-april-15th-2015/
11:27am: Broken Frontier reviews The Fox #1
"Haspiel and Waid share an obvious love of the Fox and infuse this latest fast-paced misadventure with a huge, fun-loving heart and loads of storytelling craft. On the surface, the intent may seem too simple or light on its feet to bear any real weight, but the pair layer the story with an undercurrent of introspection, centered on Paul’s dedication to his family, which lends the series its emotional heft."

"As Waid uses crisp, fluid dialogue to inject Patton with the requisite emotional complexity to prevent him from degenerating into nothing more than a middle-aged Peter Parker, The Fox’s tone remains light. Haspiel teams up with colorist Allan Passalaqua to create distinctive, eye-popping visuals that infuse the book with a kaleidoscopic, vibrant energy, matching the plot’s rambunctious pace stride for stride. The end result is a product of high craft and passion that appears deceptively elementary to the uninitiated."

Read the entire review here: http://www.brokenfrontier.com/fox-dean-haspiel-mark-waid-dark-circle-comics-archie-comics-review-superhero/
11:28am: Overmental reviews The Fox #1
"If you like down to Earth superheroes with actual human problems (who make witty jokes about them), definitely check out The Fox #1. Dean Haspiel’s art is masterful, and he uses the photography background of The Fox and his son to craft “snapshot” panels that give you a closer look at how the characters are feeling during pivotal moments.

Dean Haspiel and Mark Waid also really dig into the idea of nostalgia through The Fox, and how the old days were pretty good, but that our memories are more important that preserving every nook and cranny of childhood. The corporation as villain has been used a lot in recent comics, but they wisely focus on the characters’ feeling and interpersonal relationships while throwing in an ample dose of sarcasm, sight gags, and an actual final page cliffhanger to keep the story entertaining."

Read the entire review here: http://overmental.com/content/fox-1-another-superhero-hit-archie-comics-13651
1:09pm: Den of Geek reviews The Fox #1
"Written by Dean Haspiel and Mark Waid, with art by Haspiel, The Fox is a joyous romp that is immediately compelling. With the Fox and the rogue's gallery of supporting characters who appear within the pages, Waid and Haspiel have brought a familiar yet slightly off group of characters to the forefront. We've seen figures like these in comics many times before, though rarely with such self-aware glee. (While complaining about his acceptance of wearing the Fox's uniform under his street clothes, Patton contemplates a career move as a competitive dog groomer). The comedic touches keep the story flowing forwards, but behind the laughs is a subtle statement about the dangers of becoming overly nostalgic -- one that perfectly befits a reboot of a comic character who has been kicking around since 1940.

As great as the Waid/Haspiel writing team is, it's Haspiel's delighftul cartoonish art that shines here. Think the comic offspring of Ben Edlund and Mike Mignola and you've got a pretty good idea of Haspiel's visual style here, one that is heightened by gorgeous splash pages.

It may be a bit early to say so, but screw it, The Fox is a perfect comic that will prove to be amongst the year's best. Juggling humor, excitement and heart, it is an absolute pleasure to read. Paul Patton Jr. may be unhappy with his lot in life, but you'll love everything about it."

Read the entire review here: http://www.denofgeek.us/books-comics/the-fox/245453/the-fox-1-archie-comics-review
6:13pm: Uproxx reviews The Fox #1
"It’s an oddly bittersweet start to an ongoing series, very much about fathers, sons, and the grip even a thin rind of the past can have on us. It’s not your typical superhero book, even with the fights, and it stands out because of it."

Read the entire review here: http://uproxx.com/gammasquad/2015/04/sabrina-the-teenage-witch-and-this-weeks-other-comics-of-note-ranked/
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