Man-Size (man_size) wrote,

Bleeding Cool reviews THE FOX #2

"The Fox, from Red Circle Comics/Archie, also sold out in its first issue, and it’s time to jump into issue #2 to see what the bigger story arc holds when you shake up Silver Age elements with a modern, madcap sensibility. Written by Mark Waid and Dean Haspiel, with art from Haspiel that really takes him off the leash in terms of original concept art, this issue also contains the first back-up of The Shield, written by J.M. DeMatteis with art by Mike Cavallaro. The Fox #2 storyline is “Freak Magnet” Part Two, and we’re immediately lost in a strange world of popping colors and crystaline structure that breaks through cultural reference to directly citing one of the Beatles’ most psychedlic songs, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”. A shape-shifting monster with seemingly limitless power is turning The Fox’s world inside out in an equally shifting psychological landscape, but things are getting personal when he takes on the mantle of the She-Fox. But the epic struggle is just getting started as Fox encounters various opponents from his life who he’s loathe to fight, and let’s remember, he wants to walk away from the hero life as it is. In issue #2, there’s simply no escape from the conflicts he’s already sick of. Keeping up with the permutations of the book is trippy in its own right, but for that reason, it’s the wildest ride you’ll find in comics this week. Endlessly creative in its visual morphing and strange landscapes, there is simply no predicting where the book is going panel by panel. But all will be revealed as issue #2 sets up the major plot for the arc, the reasons behind The Fox’s psychedelic pilgrimage, and just what he has to do to break the spell that has him in thrall. The Fox is wild, weird, and a visual treat, and if you haven’t got the second issue, you haven’t really even got started yet on unraveling the significance of the book. The Shield back-up in the issue is also setting up the coming series, but drops fans right into the muscular energy of Cavallaro’s angular and highly-textured world. His style is more like something you’d expect to see in the best of a Dark Horse book rather than a mainstream superhero book, and that’s very, very appealing, particularly with an interesting, lush color palette that brings in superhero primaries and secondaries you might expect from fantasy or horror."
--Hannah Means-Shannon

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