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FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics 5 (January 2014)

289068 20131114155907 largeDoes anyone remember that series Middleman? It had a female, Hispanic lead cop or something. I wonder if Oliver read it because he sure makes a big deal about how he’s got a female, Hispanic lead cop in this series now.

Oliver and Rodriguez soft boot FBP this issue, mostly in the last few pages. The whole world has changed in the days or weeks since the last issue, not just female Hispanic cops (I wonder if they have such beings in the real world or just in Oliver’s comic books), but also physics insurance and flashbacks.

Maybe if Rodriguez’s art was better, it might be worth sticking around to see what they do with FBP, but the art’s weak. It’s hurried and the colorist is doing a whole lot of shading work.

There are probably other big problems with the issue, but FBP’s not worth talking about anymore.


Things That Have Been; writer, Simon Oliver; artist, Robbi Rodriguez; colorist, Rico Renzi; letterer, Jared K. Fletcher; editors, Sara Miller and Mark Doyle; publisher, Vertigo.

One response to “FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics 5 (January 2014)”

  1. Vernon wiley

    You lasted an issue longer than I did. Rodriguez’ art was really getting on my nerves with it’s lack of ambition, and it kills whatever sympathy I had with the story, alas. What a sad ending to a pretty decent debut issue.

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