The Fez #1
Written by Roger Langridge
Illustrated by Roger Langridge
Hotel Fred Press
Release Date: June 26, 2013
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Cover Price: $0.99
Just like an old-fashioned short before a feature film, The Fez #1 by Roger Langridge (winner of both Harvey and Eisner Awards) offers up a sample-sized dose of action and laughs starring his charming title character.
This invisible (and yet somehow still dapper) hero doesnâ€™t speak a single word in the mini-comic, but Landgridge has managed to fill The Fez with enough personality that he practically pops off of every page. The two vignettes showcased in this launch introduce a character thatâ€™s more chaotic neutral than your stereotypical action-adventure lead. In the first story, told from an enemyâ€™s point of view, The Fez presumably rights a wrong and manages to nearly drive that foe bonkers during the process. Really, how could you not appreciate a hero who stalks his enemy (who may or may not be evil) and basically annoys him simply for his own pleasure?
The second tale hints that maybe The Fez has a hobby in alchemy or mad science when we see the adverse effects of a lab chemical that takes him by surprise. This angle definitely allows Landgridge to take his character in some interesting directions over time.
Iâ€™m hoping to see The Fez really blossom in future issues. Heâ€™s confident, strong, humble when the situation calls for it, andâ€”best of allâ€”heâ€™s got that sly, silly streak that makes the two most recent regenerations of The Doctor so appealing. If youâ€™re a fan of dark or emotionally heavy comics, I suggest giving this quickie a try between longer titles as a light-hearted palette cleanser.