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Advanced Review: THE FOX #1

Dean Haspiel and Mark Waid return to continue the adventure of the Fox.

THE FOX #1 is on sale April 8 from Dark Circle Comics.

The Good

Cover by Dean Haspiel
Cover by Dean Haspiel

Even if you haven't read the previous volume of THE FOX by Dean Haspiel and Mark Waid, the very first page sets the tone for the character. The Fox may be a formidable and successful superhero but that doesn't mean he's perfect. Seeing the story start out with him being captured by some unknown enemy shows that he's closer to the everyman instead of some superpowered god.

As the first issue of a new volume, we get a good introduction to the Fox's alter ego. This, again, shows us his human side. It helps readers relate more to the character. As the story progresses, you can see the build up for is likely his big nemesis. There is a slight sense of nostalgia with the way the story unfolds and how the characters come across. It's a nice change of pace from many of today's comic that feel too flashy or full of gimmicks. Haspiel's story and art combined with Waid's script gives a smooth flowing story that is accessible for new and returning readers.

Speaking of the art, Haspiel really carves out a certain tone along with Allen Passalaqua's colors. There is a sort of retro-feel to the characters but you clearly know this is taking place in modern times. Under the brand of Dark Circle Comics, there's no need to worry this is going to be a super-dark or gritty series. There are several colorful characters present and with the way this first issue ends, you'll be left curious to see what happens next.

The Bad

While there is action in this issue, a large portion deals with the Fox in his civilian guise with his son. This is important in letting new readers know who is, what he's about, and what he stands for but it also cuts back on the action.

As the action builds up, you're almost left scratching your head with how the outcome plays out. It fits the story but the action takes a bit of a swerve.

The Verdict

The Fox is back along with Dean Haspiel and Mark Waid. Whether you've read the previous volume or you're new to the character, this is a new series anyone can jump into. The Fox isn't your typical superhero and we get to see some insight into the way he thinks and how he feels about being a superhero. Haspiel's art sets the tone for the comic book world and there are plenty of characters that show up to make you want to come back for more. The best thing is, this is pure storytelling. There's no gimmicks to get in the way of the story.

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Here's the solicit for the first issue. Today is the final day for retailers to place their orders. Be sure to let your local comic shop know you want a copy.

THE FOX #1

NEW ONGOING SERIES FROM DARK CIRCLE!

THE FOX is BACK! Emmy Award winning writer/artist Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma, HBO's Bored to Death) is once again united with Eisner award-winning writer Mark Waid (Daredevil, Thrillbent) for FOX HUNT: Part One "The Situation": When a billionaire philanthropist prepares Paul Patton Jr's home town for demolition, our hero is sent on assignment to photograph the event. But what strange force lurks in the shadows, and why will it take Paul's alter-ego, THE FOX, to stop it? The answer is the beginning of a deadly FOX HUNT and you won't believe what happens next! Don't miss the debut issue from the critically-acclaimed team that brought you THE FOX: FREAK MAGNET, featuring FOUR all-new variant covers! With art from Dean Haspiel, David Mack, Thomas Pitilli, Ulises Farinas and Chris Samnee!

Plot/Art: Dean Haspiel

Script: Mark Waid

Art: Dean Haspiel, Jose Villarrubia, and John Workman

Cover: Dean Haspiel

Variant Cover 1: Chris Samnee and Matthew Wilson

Variant Cover 2: David Mack

Variant Cover 3: Ulises Farinas and Ryan Hill

Variant Cover 4: Thomas Pitilli

On Sale Date: 4/8

32-page, full color comic

$3.99 U.S.

Check out the different covers.

Cover by Chris Samnee and Matt Wilson
Cover by Chris Samnee and Matt Wilson
Cover by David Mack
Cover by David Mack
Cover by Ulises Farinas and Ryan Hill
Cover by Ulises Farinas and Ryan Hill
Cover by Thomas Pitilli
Cover by Thomas Pitilli